A late submission, ironically on the topic of time

From Our Networks 2047

Presented by andi argast and athsh


Time went strange in the early days of the first pandemic; it sagged, looped, and blurred. Horologium Florae is a theoretical clock, created by Carl Linnaeus, that showed the passing of time by when flowers opened and closed throughout the day. Similar to the descriptions of time relative to the position of the sun in the sky which is common in the Arabic language, one can describe the time of day based on the positions of the petals of the flower.

In 2047, only a few of the hardiest and most resilient flowers survive the seasons of intensity. Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) or Dog strangling vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum) each offer small, delicate flowers on very robust plants. They might not open and close with the regularity envisioned by Linnaeus, but making do with what is on hand is an essential skill these days.

To expand on the descriptions of time, and grown perspectives on time as a continuous now, from The Left Hand of Darkness (web 2.0 link), Athsh will join in the process by sharing some inputs from their time-relativity metric in which each moment is z0_0_t0 (not to be confused with the spirit of O_O).

This is the foundational mapping for the futures also known as the "Futures Cone" and their relative position. The goal of creating a preferable future and depicting these is visualized in lime-green. There are three axises, where Y is relative preferability, X is time itself and Z is different potentials within the same X and Y positions.
This is the foundational mapping for the futures also known as the "Futures Cone" and their relative position. The goal of creating a preferable future and depicting these is visualized in lime-green. There are three axises, where Y is relative preferability, X is time itself and Z is different potentials within the same X and Y positions.
A visual depiction of time mapping and its relative positioning, in which all moments are z0_0_t0 as based on their subjective reference point in time
A visual depiction of time mapping and its relative positioning, in which all moments are z0_0_t0 as based on their subjective reference point in time.

To get started, meditate on Athsh's time-relativity metric (see above). Consider the cone, and how or where it might repeat in nature, even in the plants and flowers suggested. Continue this meditative experience while digging in the earth, thinking how plants themselves measure small increments of seasonal time by their spouting, new leaves, early growth, fruiting, and decay. Arrange your plants and/or your life, and enjoy being always at z0_0_t0.