The Time Button

When the sensorium is assaulted the faculties go limp and time speeds up (is lost).  When the faculties labor in quiet, time slows down.

God, who is pure act, experiences literal eternity.

In theological anthropology, much is made of efforts to fix some supposed heirarchy of the senses, or other.   Ellul wrote of “the humiliation of the word”;  Postman writes of the loss of the “typographical mind”; the Desert Fathers were concerned about the cognitive “image” obscuring the theoria of the adept.

The theme is understandable and has plenty of biblical warrant, ever since Eve preferred a vivid vision over a remembered verbal proposition.

But any proposed fix of this imbalance would have to overstate the premise.   There is no such heirarchy of the senses, either from God, or in historical experience.

There is only the active man, and the passive man.  Modern man is indeed becoming alarmingly passive as his world fills up with content, and the dis-arrangement of his senses is a symptom of this entropy — not a cause.

2 thoughts on “The Time Button

  1. Steve,
    Start most anywhere, I guess. Try a 3 day fast from any information you don’t intend to do anything about. Might be the New Asceticism.

  2. Well Tim, I know it spoils the joke to have to explain it but I’m an idiot. Do you have a suggestion for going about quiet laboring in our content riddled society?

    Any help would be appreciated.

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