Wednesday, January 29, 2020
In Open Democracy, the time of the game.
German philosopher Martin Heidegger applies this thinking to the game of life itself. In his major work Being and Time human essence, the identity and meaning of life are ultimately derived from the passage of one’s own time. A hard to imagine idea of his is that human beings don’t live in time, they are time itself. For example, there is no external time outside the football game itself because the only time that matters for it is its allocated 90 minutes. The same goes for human beings – there is no external (clock) time in which we live because we constitute our own time in the end. The clock is just a coordination mechanism, but it is not time. If it were, we wouldn’t be concerned with it because the clock marches on forever: it is our own time however which is running out.
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