The Dance of the Hours


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From a psychological point of view, people may experience time in one of two ways. “Polychrons” experience time as one continuous current much like a river flowing from the past through the present, and on to the future. Meanwhile, “monochrons” perceive time as discrete intervals, which are divided into fixed elements such as hours. Furthermore, societies tend to organize themselves on either of these perceptions of time. Since western industrial society is monochronic, the notion that time can be proven to be relative is plausible. (Of course a polychronatic society would not even consider the idea.)

However with a brain injury, my perception of myself is detached from how I feel. Therefore time, as it is measured, is nonexistent to me. Because I only perceive the illusion of time, it has become an artificial construct for me. Since I live in a monochronic society, I have to accept the idea that time exists in measured units. To be in sync with others, I have developed various methods of “timekeeping.” Otherwise, I would simply follow the rhythms of my body, the days, and the seasons.

Today, people live in a world where time is artificial and mechanistic. This is important for polytheists to understand, since monochronic time divorces modern people from their natural rhythms. How can anyone experience a God if her sense of time has been divided into discrete points? How can he ever understand the Fates: She who was Becoming, She who is Becoming, and She who will Becoming, and the Tapestry that They weave? To reclaim their sense of polychronic time, polytheists can look to nature and the seasons.

Works Used:

Fitzgerald, Waverly, “Slow Time: Recovering the Natural Rhythm of Life.” Seattle: Self-Published. 2007.

Hahn, Harley, “Time Sense: Polychronicity and Monochronicity.” Web.

Prosser, Simon, “Passage and Perception.” Paper. Web.


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