Humanity’s search for purpose has continued throughout the ages. It can be classified as inventiveness, creativity, and eclecticism. The first man in the cave interacted with other beings instead of living by himself. Thus, the desire to communicate and pass something on triggered creativity.
The union of purpose and creativity has been going on for thousands of years. According to carbon tests, Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands) which is located south of Argentina, in the province of Santa Cruz dates back to the 7300's BC.
Even back then, people left handprints with a kind of paint they made on the cave walls. The meaning of the different colors of paint is still not certain to this day.
In the concept of time, Galileo and Einstein applied their theories of “relativity”, putting forward that concepts such as time, space, and matter cannot be thought apart from each other.
Galileo's point of view in his famous experiment of the ship had a shaking effect in the scientific world. His example included, “One who is not on the ship can concur that it is moving while a person onboard may claim otherwise.” So, time was perhaps a static concept for the ship, the flowing sea.
Keep in mind, there are no weekdays or weekends in nature! Humanity’s invention of time solely comes from the purpose that has been assigned to it.
Although the concept of time is debated, periods and ages are a fact. We have lived through periods that derived from art and thought movements, accelerated by economic and social transformation. What’s interesting is that each period defined itself as ”modern”. In 15-16th century Europe, going into the Renaissance; leading artists of the movement stated “We do not accept the era before us. We’re rooting back to the most ancient civilization and putting antiquity on our agenda.”
Renaissance artists relied on a muse when revealing their artwork. In that period, they did not seek a source of motivation in their current time but chose to follow the traces of the past instead.
Social transformation, class transitions, and finally the collapse of empires…
The policies put forward by newly established nation-states, the borders they drew, the laws they wrote… All the while, “humanity” who was traumatized through all of this, was tested in determining its position in all of this. At the end of the day, “humans” working in fields such as farming, factory work, knowledge work, and entrepreneurship had to stand with an understanding that focused on themselves.
The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic caught human beings at a time where they were going to work every morning. Many people, whose ancestors did not work between 08:00 and 17:00, began questioning the job they had.
Wasn't it an example of freelancing, when thousands of years ago, their ancestors left in the morning and came home with a huge hunt, but then were unable to catch the same prey the next day or the day after?
For many, the act of going to work has become meaningless. Remote working models were quickly adopted.
September 8, 2023
Ahmet Hulusi Torlar