Time is not the enemy; it’s us.
In the recent blockbuster Marvel movie Doctor Strange, it talked about the concept of time. One of the main antagonist, Kaecilius, wanted to summon the Dark dimension in order for humans to have eternal life. He said,
“People think in terms of good and evil, but really, time is the true enemy of us all. Time kills everything… The world is not what it ought to be. Humanity longs for the eternal, for a world beyond time, because time is what enslaves us. Time is an insult. Death is an insult.”
When I first heard this from the movie, I was immediately reminded by the lessons we discussed in class. Indeed, it is true as said by Dr. Garcia that our society has promoted “busy” as the new norm. Like the pettifogger mentioned by Critchley, we always wish that the day had more hours or wish that the Christmas break has not yet ended. We always rush things because we feel like time is racing against us. It is as if time is the enemy that we constantly need to beat. But, like Dr. Garcia said, can we ever win over time?
No, because in the end, time will still go on. The clock will still reset tomorrow. The sun will still come up. We indeed can never change how time moves, but we can instead change how our minds think.
We can change in order to be like the philosophers who take time. The philosopher lives in the now, in the present. He is not worried about how crazy his schedule will be tomorrow or how he can live life 10 or 20 years from now. The philosopher is free. He knows that in order to fully understand and appreciate life, he needs to take time. He needs take time to be aware of what he is actually doing at this very moment. He needs to take time in order to reflect and afterwards, act.
All this is possible for a philosopher because he considers time not as an enemy, but as a friend. He sees time as an opportunity to think and to live.
Remember, time is not the one that imposes restrictions. It is us.