A few years ago, like so many others, he got really into the musical At mealtimes, he selects music according to a process that only he knows.
He signs "cry" and "home" to the chorus of the Dixie Chicks' "Travelin' Soldier." He acts out scenes and moods from the film as he listens to the soundtrack, performing the complex mental link of instrumental music to remembered action on the screen.
He dances, demanding that we watch him, his joy magnified by the audience. Throughout all his engagement with music and movement, language percolates outward in all his modes of communication, bringing us into his world, opening new pathways for us to connect.
Time stretches far beyond the human ego or lifetime.
There is a certain timeless quality to time, an aesthetic almost too intricate and vast for the human mind to comprehend.
In the West, time tends to be seen as quantitative, measured in units that reflect the march of progress.
It is logical, sequential, and present-focused, moving with incremental certainty toward a future the ego cannot touch and a past that is not a part of now.
Novinger calls the United States a "chronocracy," in which there is such reverence for efficiency and the success of economic endeavors that the expression "time is money" is frequently heard. This approach to time is called monochronic -- it is an approach that favors linear structure and focus on one event or interaction at a time.
Robert's Rules of Order, observed in many Western meetings, enforce a monochronic idea of time.
People may attend to many things happening at once in this approach to time, called polychronous.
This may mean many conversations in a moment (such as a meeting in which people speak simultaneously, "talking over" each other as they discuss their subjects), or many times and peoples during one process (such as a ceremony in which those family members who have died are felt to be present as well as those yet to be born into the family).