These meandering thoughts concern time and its relation to space. It fascinates me that we measure time in terms of distance. “How far away is it?” can be answered with, “twelve minutes’ walk”. In fact, we are often less interested in knowing precisely how far away something is than we are in knowing how long it shall take to get there.
So, time-distance is very correlated. In planning I attempt to anticipate what amount of work it will take to get to a certain ‘here’. Here-being I would define as a point in which we are able to share space. I am thinking particularly of how I maintain relations with my fiancee when, in some sense, neither of us is ‘here’ and yet we manage to share a certain ‘here-being’ through many mediums. Of course we wish to simultaneously maximize our experience of ‘here’ and minimize the middle, for the middle is yet a separation.
But this separation or distance can also be manifested when the physical medium is minimized. We are not simply points on a graph whose closeness can be measured by proximity on such a plane. We can watch the same movie, listen to the same speech, share the same meal, sit in the same company, or even engage in the same discussion and yet display an extended middle – a large gap.
It is therefore most interesting this time in which we are apart, for we are being trained in here-being while in most senses we are enacting there-being. I believe the Ancients would wish to speak of such items in terms of finitude and extension. We are temporally-located, meaning in some sense I never leave here, and yet there is a sort of transcendence and sharing that shares a here when it could more easily be argued that we are actually there. If such is the case, then our measurements of where and when are relative (read: related directly) to both the here and now but also to a here which is only partially perceivable at this immediate time-place. Yet that other here-being is one worth re-orienting to find wherever I may find myself, for now we come to the grander question: in relation to which here-being is it more costly to be mis-placed?