Out of Time: Reposting and comment on The Duality of Time in Eastern and Western Philosophy

Time as Kairos What is time? There are found in Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (OALD) there at least two meanings given concerning time: ‘what …

The Duality of Time in Eastern and Western Philosophy


And, of course, my comment.

Of course: time itself is nothing but a marker and placeholder. Like nil or zero.

I would add that a Sage is one who might be perceived and thus identified by others as knowing the right time to do something – as in a Chronos (or Chronic) time, as this is actually the subjective sense of time placed into social ideological norms for seeing and knowing.

However, the Sage herself simply does not ever know when is the best to do things. This is more Karios. Or, Objective time in the sense of “in the universe’s time”. The object is in the universe ‘doing itself’, but knowledge of this doing is always vicarious with reference of itself to itself.

This latter can be noticed as the motion that Soren Kiekegaard dances with in distinguishing the authentic Christian from merely one resigned to believe he is having the correct faith or doing the right thing. In this light, Repetition is the noticed instance of the object that is this condition of being inauthentic, or in despair attempting to overcome or endure being subject to the chronic, ethical, or Kiekegaard’s “universal” time. It repeats, but is not noticed by the “ethical Christian” to do so, and hence the subject/Christian’s existential despair.

In the Eastern mode, perhaps this chronically repeating time is samsara, whereas the karios is more akin to karma, the instance or real manifestation of time with which the Sage unceasingly must contend. Ponder the infamous and oft misunderstood dialogue of Krishna and Arjuna in the Mahabharata.


Repost and comment on Climate-above-all plea by US fails to stir China


Politicians posing as climate managers is a bad joke, and ‘tackling climate change’ is an empty slogan. BBC summary: Envoy John Kerry’s ‘it’s more …

Climate-above-all plea by US fails to stir China

— I don’t know about all the political things, all the inns and outs.

However, I do feel that there is a basic difference between eastern views upon what a human being is in the world and the Western view.

i’m not sure where I stand. However, some of my posts have suggested that the climate is always changing. It has always been changing. Just because we are now aware that we are part of the universe, in so much as, perhaps, human beings as an ideology are now manifesting an “awareness” of ourselves in the universe, does not mean that suddenly we are affecting the universe such that the climate is changing evermore drastically due to us.

I suggest that the interaction is Less One Direction, less reciprocal, and more coincidental. And this is to say, behaving together.

The climate changes. Becuase the universe is always changing, and perhaps we are not separated from the universe sufficiently to effect it in the way that we like to think we do in the West.

now, if this is the way that eastern philosophies and ideologies inherently promote a human being relationship with the world and the universe, then the approach might be more of how do we deal with the climate that is changing. That is, more than the Western manner and view around the question of how do we change what we’re doing so the climate doesn’t change (now, as much).x