Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Human Unit of Time

There is no clock that measures the human unit of time, except, of course, our beating hearts. Listening to that fleeting tick, we can sense the importance of the five-generation span, of an intergenerational unit of time. Places are containers of memory, and attention to sustaining the places that harbor the stories is one way to encourage intergenerational exchange. Attention to the human unit of time can motivate us to think beyond our own brief lifetimes and take our grandchildren’s world into account—right now.

Steve Zeitlin, "The Human Unit Of TIme," Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore 28 (Fall-Winter 2002) (accessed June 28, 2012)