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Our sense of time is all wrong and what to do about it

Our sense of time is all wrong and what to do about it
By Elizabeth Filips • Issue #24 • View online
I was crossing the road the other day when a thought occurred to me, and not for the first time. What exactly were people doing for 200,000 years? It seems so bizarre that creatures, exactly as evolved as us, would simply sit around campfires for so long in human history. 
Did they get bored? Did they also dream of flying cars? How didn’t they come up with hair-loss solutions and spreadable-cheese earlier? 
My mum once told me that when she was younger, she used to barely dare to dream of a day when we could play whichever song we wanted, when we wanted from the ‘radio’. That’s within my lifetime. 
In times like this, the first thing I think is that surely civilisations such as Atlantis are not that far-fetched. If anything, the fact that it only came to be a few thousand years ago rather than tens of thousands is the still shocking part. (For the record: I don’t believe in Atlantis per se)
The second thing, is just how incredible exponential growth is. We use the exact (pretty much) same brains for hundreds thousands of years to grunt in caves and draw stick figures, and then within a few thousand years we inject botox and have people making coffee while orbiting earth for the fun of it. 
Is that not wild? The same minds, bodies, instincts and skills - living in such incredibly different ways. 
And while I’m not completely sure every change we’ve made from hunter-gatherers has been for the best, it’s nonetheless, absolutely incredible. 
This all has me thinking, why, in the face of such history and evidence, in the face of such proof for the powers of exponential growth, are we so impatient?
I cannot wait to be “professional” at everything I do. I often show little patience in waiting for results. Surely I could always be better? Why am I not excellent yet?
This has all seemed laughable to me this week. I love these little humbling moments. The moments that highlight my neurotic, impatient, naive self. In terms of life expectancy (probably in the 90s if we account for the fact I’ve already made it to 26), I’m yet to discover fire. 
Here’s to exponential growth, especially in self-exploration, self-understanding, self-acceptance and peace. The most important things of all. 
Hope you have an amazing week!
Elizabeth xx

🪄 Quote of the week
“The mistakes made by people say more about the intrinsic difficulties of the problem, than the fallibility of the human brain,” 
🖤 My Favourite Things This Week
Book - I just finished Algorithms to live by, Brian Christian a great book that applies economic and mathematical theory to everyday problems - if you’d like to skip the full read, here is my summary.
Audible’s 2-for-1 - I’m an Audible convert. Despite the note taking being an absolute pain compared to Apple Books/Kindle, it’s still a lot of fun to listen to books to switch it up. The 2-for-1 offer got be buying a few medical books which I’m keen on getting to reading soon.
YouTube - I’ve gotten a completely unjustified desire to just put out videos I feel like filming recently, so I’ve gone rogue and filmed some very random, very “me” videos for the next few weeks. I’ve turned off all mental expectations for views and growth and had a bunch of fun filming them.
Painting - I filmed a video breaking down why I love this painting so much, hopefully it’ll be out soon! Would love to hear what you think about the painting itself though, and what it makes you feel! It’s The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche:
🎙Podcast Episode this week:
🎥 YouTube Videos this week
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Elizabeth Filips

Heya, I'm Elizabeth, a medical student and painter in London. Some Sundays I write about exploring meaning, productivity, little pleasures and just navigating life. And some of my favourite things that week.

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