, a poster here, as Good Elf and others rightly pointed out... I and some of my colleagues who informed me of his "killing" were very shocked, and appreciated his input, greatly.
At first I was very skeptic of the news, but a work mate, registered here messaged his (Adams) brother, who is also registered here as Kalex (Alex), to clarify matters, & heard more troubling news.
Anyway, maybe this will and can be applied to this topic too, as what we have said since the start of this thread... bang4thebuck stated in another thread more than a month ago now.
Perception is subjective.
Perception is made of understanding. Understanding is composed of judgment/analysing/conclusions.
These are products of the "PRINCIPLES" one employs to deduce meanings and the "VALUES/WEIGHT" one gives to everything, matter/ deed/ act/ saying/ thought/ happening/ event etc and what one believes denotes "success".
I live around the world as my job and chosen field. With cultures of all kinds, normally the less known/exposed/recognised/studied: the poor and meek.
The life for those people, yes HUMANS, feels "ever so long", in hardships, bearings, sufferings, hope, await, whether one is 5 or one is 55 years of age, BUT it is in comparative terms, actually a fraction of ours.
I see happiness/sadness, emotion and mental/physical contention/stability as being the MAIN factor involved with subjective perception of time, whenever in life.
This is why it is oft said, "times flies when one is enjoying their-self"
I have worked with people in trauma of all kinds across the planet, over years. When enduring a serious assault, such as rape...the time seems VERY AWFULLY LONG.
On the topic of assault....in contrast, when involved in a brawl, the time flies past, leaving vague, misty memories.
When you do something different, your mind is taken away from having the "lack of attention and focus" to outer life you normally have, and thus less 'recall' or subconscious thinking is carried out. Because more time/ attention/ effort/ curiosity/ interest/ alertness/ motivation is acquired making one focus and concentrate on the "now" around, influencing and involving you, thus not much time for pondering/reflecting on the past.
This should leave one with increased precise memory of the event, more adrenalin, as with a fight/flight response at that particular, and thus speed up everything in ones body, and senses. The affect of a "buzz" also speeds up ones time, involving your sensory perception.
This is called, and I repeat, as I feel in everyway the human design needs/entails one major fundamental to survival and existence, ADAPTATION...otherwise euphemistically aka "getting used to".
When set to go on stage for the first time, time seems abyss long and deepened, before the onset. When on, over with, and pondering after, it seems short lived.
I do believe in "being used to" everything meaning it becomes natural, away from attention, tedious, harder to recall at all and especially acutely with detail, and thus perception also changes, while your mind boggles to find something different and NOT adapted to, and known "conquered/understood"so well to experience.
I also believe that age, by design and by lifely system to affect the mind, leaves the image of completeness, very quickly. Thus ones time does speed up in essence, psychologically, NOT biologically, by age.
Perception is what makes everyone now, and before as different as we are. It is of the most profound topics one can delve into.
For instance I remember seeing my shoe size of 5 when younger, looking normal for my age at 6 (and I tried making it look big too), while seeing an UK adult size 7 as enormous. Later, when I had reached UK size 10/US size 11, it looked proportionately small or maybe a little close to average, and the baby size 5 looking tiny. I tried changing my perception, but to no avail. Did time change perception or were other things also at play, such as my own body size?
I believe the environment one lives around certainly gives one his/her perception.
When living in London/Paris/NY/San Diego/Delhi/Lahore, time was utterly fast for me, almost non-existent. But when moving in rural areas, away form the West, with the poor, needy and downtrodden, it was VERY slow indeed, as it was for the local people in the surrounding environment and hamlets/villages.
I see another factor involved as being the level of comfort, pleasures, satisfaction one has and has experienced prior to that certain point in ones life.
Maybe, innocence is another factor involved....is that why you always long to be a kid again, & have fun, while unknowing and not worried, and running away from the bitter facts/truths of life?
To summarize, "living in the fast lane", having a lot to do, getting used to doing a lot, in comparison to doing less when elder (peanuts), biological physical and mental health and happiness, being adapted to a different life when younger, comfort and setting, all affect ones perception of time.
This is why I remember my youth, ever so distinct and precisely, while the last five years, I see as a blob of one same sort of month, indefinite, and very vague as hazy.
I feel a test of time perceptiveness would be for the elder at 60, whose life partner has deceased. To see how long or short time feels to them.
Also if this was investigated with one grieving/in fear/loss it would clearly show that time does indeed slow psychologically in such events/happenings i.e. for Guantanamo Bay inmates.
If we can add to it, then apart from what has been said, the same "perception" can be applied to with every
matter and happening we come across. Definites are left indefinites by this, while it be only in our imagination and/or perception.
If we, as mankind did not differ, whatever of "wrong" in mentality, behaviour, thoughts, desires and words, would and could not exist. But precisely, we differ, due to our understandings, our perceptions, our level
on the morality, wisdom, knowledge, altruism, empathy, compassion and philanthropic "scales", even in comparison to one another.
Humans have ALWAYS worked by comparison to something similar to judge.
By comparison, a certain individual might be "good looking" to his surrounding. By another, he may not and does not be (unless its superman or your truly ethereal).
What we compare to is what we let be, thrive and support, i.e. idolize => what becomes the norm by time and prospers to flourish. Whether for "good", or for "bad".
Does man not know this? Does so. But maybe he (& she) denies it.
Denial is the worst obsession, ignorance the most detrimental plague.
Arrogance is the most blinding addiction, immorality the least in brain.
If WE do not make a change... there will be none. And that goes for all times, places and people.
Many thanks for reading and let be.