The Aroma of Time: An Introduction

  • Kaustuv RoyEmail author


We are entirely possessed by a world already made (objectified); thus, we become unmindful of the emergent world or the world-in-making. We incessantly measure the finished world and are not concerned with addressing that which lies behind the patterned immobilities, which is duration, or that which endures. When we train ourselves, that is, develop our intuition to see all things under the aspect of duration, a new movement begins that stretches us beyond ourselves. Our existential problematizations and their solutions, which had so far been defined and conditioned by object relations obtaining within the political and the technological spheres, now present themselves differently to us. In our “galvanized perceptions,” a new hope awakens that is independent of the prevailing conditions. It is not something science or technology or politics can bring about. It is an ontological intuition born of contact with duration, which is creative becoming. For education, this is an entirely new canvas on which to map out possibilities. Starting with the development of intuition, a new language must be created that opens out toward vision. Time that was blanked out of view and pushed to the background of consciousness becomes a topic of discussion and is no longer treated as a priori. We learn to “see” and feel time as conditioning everything in the outer world, and from there learn to become aware of the inner rhythm of time that makes us what we are.


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  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBengaluruIndia

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