Re Talk: 210
Next I am going to take an ordinary description of time zones and make it allegorical. On a global map there are time zones delineated by longitudinal lines. Humanity came up with the idea to help him find his way around the globe. Starting in Greenwich, England these north/south lines are repeated every l5 degrees and each line represents an hour.
The allegory is that I am not speaking about geography. Everyone believes, no matter in which part of the globe they reside, that they are in the present time zone — that they are “what is happening.” No matter their time zone, they believe that they are evidence of man’s superiority to carrier pigeons.
This Thing would be in a time zone which is yet to exist. You could not find it on the globe, but it truly exists in a different time zone. There are stories that have followed certain men throughout history; after they died people began to believe they were sent by the gods. What is closer to the truth is that they were walking anachronisms. Their consciousness was from a different time zone, but existed simultaneously in the then current time zone. They were telephoning Los Angeles from New York.
Within Life’s body things operate at different speeds. The rate at which skin cells die, as compared to brain cells, puts them in a different time zone. The rate at which something receives food dictates its sensation of what “contemporary” is and how fast time is going. Different cells would have different perceptions, if they could, of their origins and life span.
Everyone believes they live in contemporary time, but they do not. Let us say you are a middle of the road person living just west of avant garde. West of you is where the right-wingers, conservatives and reactionaries live. Your feeling would be, without understanding it, that they are living one time zone behind you. And it would be a fair description: for you they are living in the past. If we stepped into a community of conservatives, we would see that they thought of themselves as being in contemporary time. To them liberals are operating in a time zone that has no bearing to real issues. To people in the conservative time zone, liberals are attempting to fix things unbroken — to unsettle the status quo. I hate to tell you this, but that is going on in your own nervous system. JC talk 210