Is time a mere illusion? To many philosophers, the answer is yes. Some postulate time runs as one, but we do not see it. Time is infinite. There is no such thing as a beginning of time, nor is there such a thing as an end of it, either. Stuff happened before whatever arbitrary starting point was decreed by an authority, and it will go on even if we aren't around to mark it.
Time is an anarchist, yet so many of those who seek order are a slave to it.
But time does have a past, present, and future.
The past is the reference. It serves as case studies and experiments we can refer to when we are making plans. There is a wealth of information in the past and those who don't know history have no roots and no wisdom.
Yet those who are stuck in the past cannot move forward. They are in a vortex and are slaves to the sanctioned insanity of vendettas, regrets, rituals, and traditions based on hypothetical constructs. They pine for opportunities lost, yet are blind to new ones popping up in the present.
The present is the purpose. It is our current state of being. It is our laboratory and it is the time we can test as we interact with it. It is always with us. There is no end to the experiments we can conduct as we shape our surroundings.
But it cannot be done in a vacuum. Every experiment needs a control group, and in this case, the control group is the past.
Those who live only in the now never seem to learn, being on the border of being unteachable. They are always in survival mode, never thinking about consequences, let alone tomorrow. They do not know how to control their circumstances because they never consider the past or the future because they have no context.
The future is the reward. It is what we strive to experience, and work in the present to make the future better than the past and present. We know less in the present than we will in the future, but with set goals we have a starting point.
However, some people never appreciate either the past or present. They live in hypotheticals and ideals, never taking full advantage of the reference of the past, nor the purpose of the present. They make too many plans and often face disappointment because their present never lives up to their ideas of the future.
In Matriarchal Storytelling, time is the backbone of the various stories woven together. What happened in the 1400s will touch the lives of those living in 2016. Stories aren't about a linear chronology, but are a mosaic of snapshots of strangers from different times and places and how their essences intersect with each other. A British psychologist in the 1930s inspires an American lawyer in the 1990s who feels that he is picking up her torch. A 1950s science fiction novelist gives strength to a young boy in the 1980s who becomes an intrepid journalist. A widow in the 1400s lives on in thousands globally as they form a religion in her honour.
Sometimes, the influence is good, but it may also be harmful.
We look m at the focus of the of characters: do they look ahead to the future, the present, or the past? Do they have context? Can they focus on two or all three? Or do they consider one or more to be a burdensome pit stop they must endure?
Each has different ramifications, and it is rich fodder for the Matriarchal Storyteller to explore. Stories are textured and allows an author to explore generations of families. We can also see the origins of groups, cities, companies, or any other collective to see its evolution over time. Core concepts serve as the backbone and allows for an easy reference point for readers to follow disjointed stories without getting lost.
Time opens up an author's imagination and it is an exciting method of bringing different elements together to bring a cohesive epic tale together one piece at a time.