Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time and Space Elasticity - A New Poem by Stan Brunn

Photo by Mario Gomez. Olympic Stadium, Montreal.


Speed, networks and fluidity

Describe for many today their personal identity.
Photo by Bob Brinkmann. Roger Bacon statue at Oxford.

Living in worlds essentially elastic

That cartographically are beyond simplisitic.

Places once near and far apart and alien

Are now in some unique time-space juxtaposition.

Distant places converging are worlds elastic

And mapping these inspires a new geographic.

Living in these shrinking worlds is often perplexing

With multiple time zones and transcontinental social texting.

Can I be at the same time here, there and everywhere?

Is everywhere truly anywhere?

19th century time zones and land boundaries are historical cartographies
Photo by Bob Brinkmann. Stairs in the 10th century
Aubazine Monestary, France.

That for diplomats have less meaning and are sheer fantasies.

New Ideas, fashions, music, diseases, and monies.

Completely disregard time zones and political boundaries.

Power, ownership and greed have always been associated with maps

The same applies today for Google, the Internet and mobile apps.

People once contacting those in a distant time zone

Now chat and skype with anyone anywhere and feel at home.

We know some live in times frozen and others elastic

Some content with their deep pasts and others futuristic.

A door lock in Aubazine France. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
To be sure some scientific and technological advances

Challenge one’s faith and religious stances.

Geology, biology, astronomy and anthropology

As evolutionary subjects challenge intellectual harmony.

Ignoring planetary science history

Is integral to creationist time elasticity.

For cartographers  elastic worlds pose challenges

With social media, the internet and GPS devices.

An image taken at the Cloisters at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.
Photo by Bob Brinkmann
Do we even need maps when living in elastic spaces?

Or are apps, GIS and GPS sufficient devices?

Do distance and direction have any meaning?

When Facebook, GPS and internet are essentials for living?

Our brain maps are unique mixes of historical and geographical

And elastic and inelastic memories of places both local and global.

Globalization assuredly identifies ways we are very similar

But also treasures ways we are not like all other.

Time-space challenges lie ahead in exploring worlds of diversity

But so do science, religion, politics and practicing humility.

                                                                       Stan Brunn, May 15, 2015

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