Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. — William Shakespeare
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. — Abraham Lincoln
The trouble is, you think you have time. — Buddha
There is a point in big speeds when feelings and impressions (experience?) break through the acquired limitations of skiing. At one speed you are involved in a fast, bloody tough schuss, and a few kilometers faster you are hurtling through space as if time didn’t exist. A quiet, insistent roar accompanies you. If you have maintained position you have surpassed your own limitations. I have known happiness there. — From The Straight Course, the author’s book about speed skiing.
[A]t the crescendo of speed, there is no thought at all. — Steve McKinney, five-time World Speed Skiing record holder.
THE BASIC measured time in modern culture is the second, defined in the International System of Units as “The duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom.”
From such a simple beginning the idea and measurement of time quickly becomes complex and vastly more complicated. Most people assume they are capable of grasping the concepts of a minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade and even a century, and how their lives are lived and measured in those terms. But a millennium is more difficult and a galactic year (about 230 million terrestrial years) is beyond imagining, as are the hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium atom. No matter our individual level of consciousness or thoughtlessness about our brief time here on Earth, we are time-bound creatures and, as alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra puts it, “The way we metabolize our experience of time influences our biological clock.”
Buddhism teaches that human suffering is caused by the three poisons of greed, anger and ignorance. Greed is the underlying cause of the environmental collapse of the earth’s natural systems. Anger is the underlying cause of hatred and war. And what of ignorance? I think of the George Orwell line: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Ignorance causes us to ignore the reality that all things are connected. We’re all equal, human and non-human animals alike. Time, after all, doesn’t discriminate.