Topic about TIME and SILENCE, with which we can contribute into your KA2 project as a project partner, is briefly introduced below.
Although Albert Einstein stated that “time is an illusion”, it looks that there is a kind of universal justice concerning time. Despite how rich, important, and famous we are or would like to be, we face a certain problem concerning time. If we are successful, we hope that this success would last permanently. If we are not successful, we want our lives to last until we reach at least some greatness in our lives. When it comes to our everyday experiencing time when we have a good time, we want to slow down time, and vice versa, when we have a bad time, we would like to speed up time (interestingly, during this global virus crisis and due to self-isolation many of people all of a sudden are having plenty of time). Speaking generally, our collective challenge about time seems to be an expanded impression that our everyday life is running quicker. Virtual era, including all kinds of virtual technologies, effects additional confusion in our mind due to mixed experiencing reality, natural and virtual. Smart devices help us to preserve some time at first sight, while at the same time, virtual reality that bases on psychological perception of time, has a large impact on our understanding of physical reality. As a consequence of that, we have the impression that also our physical reality (real-time that we need to master real distances) move faster. That is why this agenda of exposes a need, that ‘mastering of time’ requires more holistic attention.
The approaches regarding MASTERING TIME mainly focus on the management issues (i.e., how to achieve all defined goals, how to make differences between more and fewer priority tasks, how to make distinctions between urgent and important issues, what activities to abandon to save certain time...). Such addressing the time stands on the postulate, that time is an organisational challenge, concerning which we need to organize our lives as efficiently as possible. Such basic perceiving of time is understandable and rational (at least to a certain degree) when it comes to the organisational side of our lives. Though, a more intense contemplation about time guides us to the conclusion, that the central and the most significant challenge regarding time is how to perceive and master time on a psychological level. Namely, regardless of how brilliant we are in planning our lives, we cannot defeat the impression of running out of time (that has psychological roots) with organisational effectiveness (especially when we are getting older and we would like that time would stop). In such a situation, all our potential organizational brilliance can not be helpful. We need to approach time in all its complexity if we want to slow down our lives in the psychological term of the meaning.
To address and defeat the psychological impression (as much as possible) that time is going faster and faster, we need the help of SILENCE. Since the lack of silence in our modern lives is the central generator of this impression that everything in our lives is going faster. Namely, our modern society operates on audio-visual images of existence (in correlation with the coming virtual era) through which we percept today's reality. Such ‘noisy’ reality constantly occupies our minds, and what is more problematic, it gives us a constant impression that life is going faster and faster. That is why, as mentioned before, we cannot overcome this psychological impression of ‘running out of time’ with organisational strategies and tactics.
Speaking of the phenomenon of silence, ordinarily, it is about reaching physical silence in a particular situation and in about achieving a silent mind. Particularly concerning the latter, all metaphysical spirituality focuses on striving for a silent mind. Many people, therefore, practice different kinds of teachings and exercises to come closer to more intense silence, based on which they hope to increase peacefulness and satisfaction in their professional or personal lives.
However, to reach and master silence, with which we slow down our lives, it is not essentially about reaching physical silence and silent mind classically (in a sense of performing several kinds of mental and body exercises towards achieving sufficient silence for a slowing of our lives). It is about giving primary attention to questioning our identity in light of our thinking process. Urgently is to understand the philosophy of our mental process. The mastering the silence for mastering time on the psychological level, therefore, requires a rethinking of the question 'Who am I as this entity' who wants to have more time. Mastering TIME through SILENCE in that way is more straightforward and effective.
Structure of the SILENCE topic
On concrete level though, to master TIME on psychological level (to avoid impression that we are running out of time) is necessary to address SILENCE holistically, through many levels.
Physical level - Silence as attendance in the common situation, including issues as the relationship between time and space in the light of physical and virtual reality, the paradox of being in present state in the light of silence, the relationship between one’s body and mind.
Communication level - Silence in the light of the diminishing of verbal communication, including issues as the levers for constant and often unnecessary communication, the communication process between unpleasant and pleasant silence, conditions for producing pleasant silence.
Behavioural level - Silence in the light of the observing of non-verbal communication, including issues as the contradiction between self-evident and rare communication, behaviour regarding non-verbal communication, self-knowledge towards reflecting mind and emotional state.
Thinking level - Silence in the light of the disclosure of the thinking process, including issues as pre-definition and framing of one’s thinking process, the paradox of being in a state without thoughts, the phenomenon of the insightful type of thinking.
Identity level - Silence in the light of the rethinking our identity as the image of ourselves, including issues as rethinking identity regarding the relationship between humanistic and data society, alternative identity pillars for youngsters.
For leaders, adult educators, adult organisers inside adult education, who would like to strengthen a more holistic understanding of time through silence in their working field, and to grow professionally or personally in this regard. The topic is potentially usable also for others who are interested in the mastering of time through silence.
Integrating of topic into K204 project
The suggested topic of TIME-SILENCE can be potentially prepared and structured as Intellectual Output (IO) inside your KA204 project, or to become a part of wider Intellectual Output inside your project.
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