In our constantly evolving world of events, time is commonly perceived as a uniform standard in a manner applicable to all fields. However, this conventional view of time often overlooks its characteristic of pluripotency. For all beings, time may have a wide variations, each resembling an inner-sense that is resulted by assemblages of factors. Director Jia Zhangke once remarked in an interview: "The first human convergence comes from the disregard of time and efficiency: just as the Mongols started from the prairie, they did not know the distance to Hungary." What we have here is not the Mongols disregard time as Jia mentioned, but rather they both had their own form of time.


Therefore we can see that when the time is in difference as inner-sense, there are other worlds that we cannot understand and perceive. As a time-related unit, Hertz represents the number of periodic events that occur every second. The lowest audible sound that human can register is 20 Hz, while for some animals, such as dogs, can hear the lowest sound waves that can reach 15 Hz - so it is difficult for a human to sense the fear that the animals get before the earthquake comes. The difference in time perception does not only exist between living creatures. For instance the issue of global warming; if we were to walk along the glacier every day, it would be very likely that we will not notice any changes. If we went year after year, we would be aware of the problem. In this regard, the existence of a substance is sometimes difficult to distinguish. As we can see there are worlds as results of different perceptions in time, we can also decode certain semiotics such as cultures or ideologies following the similar fashion.

We would commonly think people at a particular point in history live and labor as they do because they are in the grips of a certain ideology or set of beliefs, but in fact it is the time that plays a more influential role in organizing people’s movements and social relationships, so much so that it can even help to shape beliefs. Traditionally the Chinese are accustomed to telling the time based on the sun, moon and the stars, which eventually shaped the ritual relationship between human, the sky and earth, and forms of ritual performance such as Dragon Dance became ways to communicate with nature. When it comes to my generation, which has technologies’ proliferation throughout social assemblages, myself, as who does not organize action based on the traditional sense of time, would suffer misunderstanding of certain traditional customs such as the Dragon Dance performance.
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If only the homogeneity of time was being recognized, people would no longer appreciate its diversity. Yet if we endeavor to inspect time more closely of animals, of natures, of technology and etc, the more insights into the dimensions shall be gained. The real advantage of reflecting upon the difference in time is not merely a perspective that helps to start unlocking and understanding the unrealized capacities of the world, but also a perspective that introduced me to the fact that manifestations and semiotics are evidence of a deeper primordial process. Such realization of difference in time can resemble as a key, and with that key is the start to unlock the doors of existences in the complex universe.

Mark