The speed at which time passes is relative. Both in a literal sense; as its passing is relational to the speed of light, and a figurative sense; as it seems to more quickly evaporate in the summer sun. We try as society to contain it by controlling our perception of it, hoping it will “hurry up” or “stand still” as suits our mood or purpose.
Museum and Archive collections are an impressive example of humanity’s desire to control time. They are carefully measured bottles corked in an effort to preserve and “timeproof” what is deemed important. At some future date we examine the contents to research and remeasure how time has changed our point of view. We learn a lot about the changes to humanity and our environment that way, both the good and bad.
For this summer edition of Curious Quarterly, on the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War, we offer an opportunity to reflect on this past year, these past few decades, this past century, back many centuries, and even 350 million years ago.
So sit back, put your feet up, grab a bottle of your choosing and take your time with it all. It is yours to take.