Sunday, October 1, 2017

Kronos and Kairos

Kronos is the ancient Greek word for quantitative time. Kairos is the ancient Greek word for qualitative time -- now, opportunity, opening. Kairos referred to the proper time to shoot an arrow and the proper time to pass a shuttle through a loom. Kairos is the proper time to act.

Elvin spanned these two ideas of time. He was a master of sequential time, but he could also expand the now into a very wide beat. 

Playing with Elvin was very relaxing because the beats felt long. There seemed to be eternities before the next beat would arrive. No need to hurry. No need to stress. No anxiety. And when the beat arrived, it was a huge wave that pulled you ahead. Being around Elvin was to experience Kairos.

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