Thursday, July 12, 2018

Living A Life of Illusion 1

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There are no seconds, no minutes, no hours or days of the week. There are no months of the year, no decades. it is not 2018. It is not 5778. It is not 4716. Day breaks, the sun rises, the sun sets then there is the night. The seasons do not fall into convenient groups. Natures time is not mechanical. Mechanical time is an illusion.
"If victory over nature has been achieved in this age, then thenature over which modern man reigns is a very different nature from that in which man lived before the science revolution. Indeed, the trick that man turned and that enabled the rise of modern science was nothing less than the transformation of nature and of man's perception of reality. The paramount change that took place in the mental life of man, beginning during roughly the 14th Century, was in man's perception of time and consequently of space."


"The mechanical clock dates from the 14th Century... The machine that mechanized time did more than regulate the activities of the day: it synchronized human reactions, not with the rising and setting sun but with the indicated movements of the clock's hands: so it brought exact measurement and temporal control into every activity, by setting an independent standard whereby the whole day could be laid out and subdivided.

"The measurement of space and time became an integral part of the system of control that Western man spread over the planet. Karl Marx was one of the first to understand the place of the clock as the archetypal model for all later machines: in a letter to Friedrich Engels in 1863 he observed that 'the clock is the first automatic machine applied to practical purposes; the whole theory of production and regular motion was developed through it'."

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