Essay

On Contraction of Time and Space

When we have a closer look at nature’s cycle, we find that the rhythm of life and universe is processing as part of a huge system that unravels itself to even a larger one. Gregg Braden, an American author of New Age literature, suggests that “the experience of day, night and the seasons offers a clear example of nature’s cycles, there is much more to them than the length of a day” (Fractal 19). He also refers to Ralph Waldo Emerson that describes the intimate relationship between the cycle of nature and human beings simply by saying: “Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning” (Essays 252). If there is an endless cycle in nature that brings every aspect together without hesitation and if it is assumed to be all done even before the creation of the universe, can we say that everything from our global interrelationships to our choices, every way from the path to the target, from every light of a new age to the darkness of a disgraceful political patch is part of this huge cycle? If we are “less bound by ties to specific places and events, and if both space and time have become freely available for us to manipulate or control”(qtd. in Cohen and Kennedy 25), is it possible to operate in our future rather than being a “victim of a mysterious fate” (Braden 19)?

Regardless of the physical distance between various places, the world is getting visibly smaller due to the advanced technology and scientific achievements which bring about the famous dilemma of the globalization; while the first one gives people the advantage of interrelation and interaction within every social, political and educational network without spatial limitations, the other is giving rise to loss of a culture and national identity. The concept of time and space has always seemed natural and it did not need to be explained by anything and could not be controlled by the human power. It was accepted as an exterior element that simply existed in a socially constructed society; however, thanks to the achievements carried out in the field of technology and transportation, the understanding of time and space have reversed into a formation that asserts the existence of an energy field in which humans are capable of governing their wishes and beliefs through the energy of deeply felt thoughts. That is, distance and time no longer play a part in regulating our lives since we are already connected with everyone through the law of resonance if they also oscillate in the same manner with us (Franckh). Thus, New Age literature which takes its reliability from the quantum physics can be assumed to provide an opportunity to base the arguments of some sociologists like Harvey.

When all these relations between time-space compression and its roots are considered, the first positive outcome of it is seeing and apprehending the world through technology, especially throughtheInternet. Social media allows us to reach every experience and every common issue including political, social and cultural problems of the world’s dwellers. As a global communication platform, TEDx for instance, demonstrates the idea that people do not need to ‘be’ in a specific place in order to gain access to the global thoughts; on the contrary, it is the duty of globalization to serve and spread the ideas, the short but powerful talks, around the world by broadcasting them through one ‘click’. Moreover, TED is providing service not only to the audience but also to the speakers from various disciplines and cultures by giving them the opportunity to express themselves to make the world believe in the power of ideas to change notions. This kind of a process of globalization which gives a way for people to participate in every social movement, political defiance and cultural integrity evokes awareness among all society.

Another positive side of the globalized community is that the distance between territories has been reduced and the use of technology allows people to visit and communicate with other cultures quite easily and in a brief amount of time. Websites and applications like TripAdvisor and Booking.com provide a huge data of opportunities in any city or a country which allows people to arrange their vacation in a minute before they start their journeys. In the past, people had to go through over-whelming processes while they were trying to get a visa or collecting the relevant documents for their vacation; contrarily, nowadays even the documentation phase is mobilized and people can easily scan something with their mobile phones that reduce the time of the preparation, accordingly. Moreover, the quality of travelling is also improved through the development of the transportation system in which people can experience asafe and qualified process of a voyage. The substantial distance is same, yet development in the technology has maximized the alternatives of travelling, as well.

As Giddens, a British sociologist, defined globalization as “the intensification of worldwide social relations, which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa” (Consequences 64), improving technology has so many effects in changing the order of the day simultaneously. However, time-space compression is not always performed in a positive manner in terms of its outcomes. That is to say, an idiosyncratic culture starts to maintain its presence through imitating the other kind of disciplines in order to keep up with the globalized world. It is too hard to stay original with the all given opportunities in this world great point!; moreover, specific rituals, traditions or special days which are constantly practiced by each culture faces the danger of extinction. Spinning around the different aspects of globalized society, any culture can turn into an open source for those who crave for proper style and vision. Thus, most of the societies are experiencing those adaptation processes and are striving to add new aspects to their inherited culture. They either end up with losing their inheritance or trying to follow the novel improvements and mixing them up with their previous disciplines. With the high amount of people moving into or out of a country, the phase of adapting the beliefs and commitments of this culture are being practiced by them and the possibility of forgetting their roots is coming to thesurface, perceptibly.

Even if time and space compression has been actively observed in the global world, we see its traces from the very basic energy rituals that existed even before the creation of humankind which did not have a chance to be voiced until the end of the 19th century. Being physically absent at somewhere does not retain people to fulfil their daily routines –as it does solely explain the law of resonance since it is believed that with the law of resonance we are already communicating each other through vibrations. Thanks to the developments in the field of science and technology we are all connected to each other with a kind of energy called the Internet that holds and manipulates the whole humanity under the name of globalization. In any case, in spite of all the negative outcomes of time-space compression, I would prefer to enjoy all the opportunities of this millennium age and “to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known” (Sagan 13).

References

Braden, Gregg. Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and A New World Age. 1st ed. Carlsbad, CA: HayHouse, 2009. Print.

Cohen, Robin, and Paul M. Kennedy. Global Sociology. Bristol: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000. Print.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Essays and Lectures.Vol. 15. New York: Library of America, 1983. 252.Print. Library of America Ser.

Franckh, Pierre. The DNA Field and the Law of Resonance: Creating Reality through ConsciousThought. Rochester, VT: Destiny, 2014. Print.

Giddens, Anthony. The Consequences of Modernity.Cambridge. Polity Press, 1990. Print.

Sagan, Carl. Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. New York: Ballantine, 1997.Print.

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