The Breath of Time

 

For centuries man has hunted, he brought the animals to pasture, cultivated fields and sailed the seas without any kind of tool to measure time. Back then, the time was not measured, but only estimated with vague approximation and its pace was enough to dictate the steps of the day and the life of man. Subsequently, for many centuries, hourglasses accompanied the civilization with the slow flow of their sand grains. About hourglasses, Ernst Junger writes in “Das Sanduhrbuch – 1954” (no English translation): “This small mountain, formed by all the moments lost that fell on each other, it could be understood as a comforting sign that the time disappears but does not fade. It grows in depth”.

For the philosophers of ancient Greece, the time was just a way to measure how things move in everyday life and in any case there was a clear distinction between “quantitative” time (Kronos) and “qualitative” time (Kairòs). According to Parmenides, time is guise, because its existence…

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About Fabio Marzocca

I am an Electronic Engineer and for 20 years I was in the Aviation industry and services, leading private and government companies. In 2005 I co-founded the Italian Ubuntu Community, which I led for 6 years. During that time I was a Gnome Developer and I wrote the application Baobab (aka Disk Usage Analyzer) for GNOME. Linux advocate, Management Consultant, International Business Consultant, scientific lecturer, I held several conferences about Transdisciplinarity, Philosophy of Science and Anthropology. Writer and blogger, I also acted as a Cultural Intermediary for several artists.

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