How has the notion of time changed over time?
There are two aspects to consider, both of which significantly influence our way of perceiving and using time. The first is the absence of a long-term perspective. Today people are no longer used to planning their actions in time because they are increasingly and painfully aware of the rapidity of change. The speed with which events follow one another is such that any occurrence is largely spontaneous. And perhaps also unpredictable.
So we are at the mercy of the present?
It is no longer possible to conceive and plan things that take years to achieve, because in the time between the idea and its actualisation everything could change. The idea that people have of time today is no different to that of instant coffee: you pour some water, you put the powder in and you drink it immediately.
So even time is disposable?
There’s a word to define this notion; nowist time. The time of this particular moment.
What makes nowist time different from the past?
Speed, for example the speed with which we lose interest in something: we can’t keep our commitment and our attention on the same subject for too long.
The fact that we can’t use the weapons of the past to face time.
Patience, which we used to teach to children: plan things carefully, work towards them step by step, do one thing first then another.
If we have lost the linearity of planning, what is left?
Pointilism, to borrow a word from the world of art. Like a picture, life is made up of moments, single points of colour. If you look at them individually they are just dots, each one very similar to the next, but by combining them carefully the painter is able to create a picture.