The Time Factor
Time is not
The first warning
to members is: always beware of time-stealers. Time can be defined as a
period during which something (as an action, process or condition) exists or
continues: an interval comprising a limited and continuous action, condition,
or state of being; measured or measurable duration. So you could say a
time-stealer is something that takes away potential action that harvests
flourishment. But more precisely, since an exploit is a creative endeavor, time
is a unit of duration as a basis of poetic meter.
In the words of
Henri Bergson: ‘...life is a matter of time rather than of space, it is not
position, it is change; it is not quantity so much as quality; it is not a mere
redistribution of matter and motion, it is fluid and persistent creation.'
In the context of
Western thought, there is a massive oversight many academics have in factoring
in the centrality of time in their philosophical arguments. The relationship of
rules with regard to time, whether finite or infinite, is seldom addressed,
Henri Bergson being the exception.
As far as one can
see it within the canon of Western philosophical thought, it was Immanuel
Kant's fault. His a priori intuition of time and space has been
overlooked ‘as a given,' which has caused scholars to construct their theories
on a foundation that does not move, that is, has virtually no consideration for
the finite nature of time in every individual's life. This is particularly
revealing when seen in terms of making a rational choice of action for a young
child, an old man or man in his prime but afflicted somehow and crippled in
some way from the gravity of time, such as having a fatal disease. Every
thinking person recognizes they don't exist in a vacuum of time immune from the
demands of life.
Truth is a
function of time.
As a philosopher,
who has both life experience and strength of conviction, the Viking-Poet
philosopher has an inclination to buck authority, particularly with
people who impose their authority in such a way that disrupts ones flow of equilibrium.
The man of originality marches to the sound of his own trumpet, not only
because he wants to but because if he doesn't he would be a phony, and a phony
is the antithesis of who a philosopher is. A philosopher can't even fake
And this is the
reason why the philosopher will always fail under the yoke of another. It will
always end in failure. He needs to be the king of his own domain and resist any
force infringing his time-and-space kingdom.
situations arising from social convention, Viking-Poet philosophers
occasionally find themselves forced into corners that create confrontations
usually resulting in refusal to submit, questioning, misunderstanding and
ultimately bad blood. The character of the philosopher is too penetrating to be
assaulted by custom or convention.
that man lives only one life - the only life he has - and that when he dies he
doesn't go to heaven or hell, but lives his already-lived life over and over
for eternity. But what's brilliant about his theory of Eternal Recurrence is
that because you live your life again forever, the importance of what you
choose to do in this life has much more significance than if you believe in an
afterlife where you can live again. This is why Nietzsche wrote ‘God is dead'
in the first chapter of Thus Spake Zarathustra. He profoundly disagreed
that man should forego this once chance at life for an improvable yet glorious
We will relive this moment now forever. It's good
time-utility. Time commands respect for what it can give you and do for you. To
treat time profitably is to enhance its value. Derive gain through the
beneficial application of time and you have spent well.
All Viking-Poet philosophers believe David Hume's
words to be true when he said: ‘It is confessed, that the utmost of human
reason is, to reduce the principles, productive of natural phenomena, to a
greater simplicity, and to resolve the many particular effects into a few
general causes, by means of reasoning from analogy, experience, and observation.'
That is the Viking-Poet philosopher's work. That is how they see the world. And
to do this work one must live in the now. Human lives come and go but
the first principles of life's conundrums remain.
Also, when discussing the undertaking of an exploit,
there's an opportunity cost and all that. Better for the canvas. And better for
ones objectivity because objectivity is derived from a multiplication of
subjective experiences. The more varied experience that is accumulated, the better
one can be objective. The more objective, the better time utility.
Also, finding ones
range of balance is Aristotle's Golden Mean. One must find an optimum
balance between too much and too little. To quote Aristotle, ‘Thus a master
of any art avoids excess and defect, but seeks the intermediate and chooses
this - the intermediate in the object but relatively to us.'
But this brings up
the idea of balance versus extremism. Finding ones equilibrium takes time. Seat
height should be adjusted to maximize energy output by the rider's legs when
mountainbiking for example. In theory it seems plain but actually finding ones
geometrical equilibrium in practice takes patience at first to generate is
quality yield. Ones coordination of hand and toe diminishes when ones seat is
out of kilter.
has his own speed and direction. A higher speed does not necessarily mean
better quality since each rider has their own comfort level. It is at ones
natural speed when one may have synergy of parts, which of course would have
the highest quality. Since each individual is unique, each rider must find
their preferred way and flow. Some are taller than others. Just as some are
more equal than others.
Bergson, Creative Evolution.
 David Hume, An
Inquiry Into Human Understanding.
 Aristotle, Ethics.