It's not easy trying to figure out when this is. This thing we call now. We say we know what it is while we wait for something to tell us in finite terms.

Glance at your watch, glance at your phone, glance at the LED reader board with the weather and time. That's how you know.

Wake up and smell the coffee, live in the present, learn from the past, don't look back, the future is bright, but be here now.

Why do you feel confused? This should be as clear as amber shimmering in the sunlight.


Politicians try to cajole us into thinking this is just like some other time. When that doesn't work we hear that we are in unprecedented times.

We're pushed and pulled into believing this or that about how much our times resemble those of fallen dynasties and republics, and if we only will settle on the pathway swaddled in the make believe solutions of the specially knowledgeable among us, or maybe rely only on the red, white and blue, we should be able to get the land of milk and honey.

The answers are just around the corner, easy to find. Grab them with gusto and you'll be on your way to bliss.

Yet, sunrise to sunset we scurry about like insects in our headlong rush to get everything on our to do list finished by the end of the day. We dash here, run there, checking things off as we go, telling ourselves there isn't enough time for it all until we run down the wrong branch into the big glob of pitch and find ourselves stuck.

The pitch hardens. It's clear enough for light to break through but we can't kick anymore. Then the future is upon us. We don't see the way out, blaming ourselves for lack of foresight. We fault our choices in the past.

We should have known, damn it.


Things get stuck in my head sometimes and swirl about until I give myself time to think. In a discussion here recently I saw it said that "time is not now it is always". It rang a bell but I did not know why at first.

Then I remembered it as central to Aboriginal mythology. It is known as Dreamtime; a space that exists through all, neither here nor there, now or later on. It is "Everywhen".

Westerners regard time as finite. There is a past, there is right now and there will be a future. It is all of existence micromanaged into little pieces of our locked in place imaginations.


The grandiose importance we accord the sensation of the present is at fault I think. Current events are described in breathless detail from every direction. Reactions are reported as events. A new event appears and a new reaction is of immediate importance. Caught up in knowing the moment as it unfurls, this culture hurls headlong into a space in time that only exists in our fantasies.

We must know more and in that pursuit we lose sight of knowing what is already known. Commonality is parsed into cultural differences. We're advised we would do better to discover and celebrate the beauty of those differences.

In our absoluteness, the smugness of right being, we miss the single most important aspect of life; You are me and I am you.


It is in that way, newscasts blaring, political debates raging, town hall arguments rumbling, we lose ourselves. Fumbling our way through a temporal existence, we don't find the place that is settled, the place that simply is.

Choosing to ignore ancient wisdoms, we stumble through the continuum neglecting connections, arriving at the end of the branch without a map to take us away from the sticky glob, failing to notice that instead of just seeing people as they are, we have mistakenly chosen to see them as we are.

The pitch begins to harden.

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Comment by Rosigami on August 9, 2016 at 9:11am
There is so much here to think about. Your use of language is thoughtful and quite evocative. "Choosing to ignore ancient wisdoms" really hit me. We do that; we have always done that. We think history belongs in the past, but we are wrong. It is all Here Now.
Comment by Zanelle on August 9, 2016 at 9:19am

Stuck in Amber.  What a fate!  I love to stare deep into a good piece and imagine the struggle and then the immortality.  Time and Space are going to shift into something we cant imagine.  You are on the cutting edge.  Thank you for this post. 

Comment by alsoknownas on August 9, 2016 at 9:25am


Thanks for reading and pointing out a line that grabbed you.

Much appreciated.

Comment by alsoknownas on August 9, 2016 at 9:44am

Steel Breeze,

Thanks for coming by and commenting.

Someone probably did tell me when to run, but you know, I was busy doing something else.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on August 9, 2016 at 10:15am

terrific piece :)

Comment by alsoknownas on August 9, 2016 at 10:44am


 Seems like you enjoyed the post. Thanks for reading and thinking.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on August 9, 2016 at 11:12am

R&L  "I'm standing here ankle deep in the blood of murdered time."  Sent that to my best friend in an email ten years ago.  One of the best sentences I ever wrote in my life... focus on what's happening now and try not to repeat how you screwed up in the past.

Comment by alsoknownas on August 9, 2016 at 11:28am


Thanks for reading and the nice compliment.


Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on August 9, 2016 at 11:48am

...tho not all Ancient Wisdom is anything to write home about....

Comment by Dalriadane on August 9, 2016 at 1:04pm

If you believe in time travel this gets even more confusing!  Earlier today I was watching TV in bed and for a moment I was stuck between sleep and being awake and thought I was back home on the farm coming through the door with my brother with my folks happy to see us.  I wish that moment had turned into a dream of longer duration.  sigh.  R & L as JMac says, and love his quote, too, if a bit violent. 


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