Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tempus fugit

Christopher Caldwell, writing in yesterday's Financial Times, notes that some events we are accustomed to consider contemporary are now historically quite far away:
The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks (1977) is closer to the second world war than it is to the present. The Beatles’ release of “Love Me Do” (1962) is closer to the first world war than to us.
Caldwell goes on to argue that the passage of time really does speed up, from the perspective of the person who is living in time:
for a six-year-old, a year takes up a sixth of a lifetime, and that is a vast amount of time – think of how much you learn, how much you can change in a sixth of a lifetime. That’s 10 times as much “time” as a 60-year-old can fit into the span of a year. The more the years pass, the narrower they look as spaces for living life in.
Caldwell's argument certainly agrees with my sense of time passing more and more quickly.

Hat tip: The Browser

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