Time speeds up and slows down. Einstein pointed out that you can slow down time if you go fast. Really, really fast. Close to the speed of light kind of fast.
He also pointed out that time slows down when you are doing something really, really boring. And it speeds up if you are doing something really, really fun.
The rides at Disney World never last long enough. Except for “It’s A Small World”. That one lasts forever. And further makes my point.
We seem to be experiencing a new time-related phenomenon. I hear the same thing from everybody lately. It’s a common theme on all the late night talk shows, cable news shows, and the press. That is:
“I can’t believe he’s only been in office for a month.”
“I can’t believe it’s only been what? Two months?”
“I can’t believe it’s not butter”
(OK, I’ve used that joke before, but it was just begging me to use it again).
We are all, as a culture, experiencing a Cognitive Time Shift. Days seem like weeks. Months seem like years. And it all started when our “Commandeer In Chief” started running for President.
Why is this happening? How is he doing this?
I think the answer lies with how our culture, and more importantly, how our brains, process information. In this case, “Presidential Scandals.”
Anytime there is a Presidential Scandal/Gaffe/Faux Pas, it takes a while for it to play out. Some scandals last a few news cycles. Others can last for years.
What happens when a Presidential scandal is continuous? Ongoing? When there’s a daily crisis? When gaffes happen every day and you’ve lost count of the number of faux pas? We can’t begin to process the current scandal because it gets replaced with a new one the next day.
Our brains resolve this by just assuming that we’ve spent the correct amount of time on each scandal. That’s why yesterday’s scandal seems like it happened a week ago. SCROTUS is fast-forwarding us through time. Trump Time.
Don’t believe me? Quick. What was the big scandal last week? Don’t look it up. Yeah, I can’t remember it either.
We now live in a world of alternative facts and accelerated reality.