Time As A Constitution

Learning is more than a moment. It takes generations, a compiling of legacy. Learning arrises out of a constitution of time. Kindred with what Isabelle Stengers’ calls a cosmopolitic, though less a philosophy of science and more human speculation, “Time As A Constitution” refers to the change time takes in life. Between the cosmos and politics, its materialisms and its humanity, and between science and ethics are zones of new information, access, and creativity that reforge the practice of time. Conditioned to relative terms, time has become a living entity of scientific inquiry and a place holder of cosmological pronouncements. It in the human relations realm at the heights of maturity, it engenders an ethic of patients while within a culture of consumption it remains a fixture to be conquered through speed and the elimination of regret.

Where visions are concerned time is needed. Human speculation as a method is affirmed in almost every tradition worth referring. And the point of meditation is just that – time to discern, direct, discipline. It is moments of learning and constitution that time actually takes place and is a place-holder. In a way, I speak my own constitution out of time, as an individual, apprehending, accepting, arresting. And still as time happens, it is also, always, and already a constitution – a drawing together of history, ties, organs, memory… a dawn of interconnected, interbeing.


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