To Every Thing There is a Season, and a Time to Every Purpose — So Let’s Give Kairos a Turn!

Most people are well aware of the word chronos, the term by which the Ancient Greeks referred to time. After all, chronos is still to be found in a whole range of words we use to this very day. Words like chronology, chronometer and synchronous even.

What’s interesting, though, is the fact that the Ancient Greeks also had a second term they used when referring to time. This alternative word was kairos.

The distinction between the two terms is that chronos was used to denote normal, sequential time, whereas kairos denoted “opportune time” or that moment when the time is “right”.

I don’t know about you, but it speaks volumes to me that we have lost this second meaning of time within our culture. Time has become a completely linear concept in our language. Much to our detriment, I would argue.

And so, what is my point? Well, my point is this: the time is ripe for us as a society to re-embrace the concept of kairos. We need to get more fluid with how we perceive time, more generally.

A call to arms for this repurposing of time, I feel, is perfectly captured in the Byrds’ cover version of Turn! Turn! Turn!, a song originally penned by Pete Seger from lyrics he lifted practically verbatim from the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Please enjoy…

“Turn! Turn! Turn!”

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it’s not too late!

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Just some guy trying to figure out where the "on" switch is hid on the remote control—ah, forget it. Because, you know what, I'm also the kinda guy who always likes the book waaay more than the movie! View all posts by Lorem Ipsum

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