Two Kinds of Time

It turns out that in Greek mythology, there are two gods associated with the two different kinds of time, which roughly correspond to the Greek words chronos and kairos.

Chronos corresponds to regular cycles, and kairos corresponds to progressive flows. Chronos is clock and calendar time, measurable and predictable, recurring in known cycles. Kairos is experienced time, which is nonrecurring and not as predictable, but it flows. Kairos is quality time, such as when we talk about having a good time together, finding the right time to say something sensitive, or looking for the right time to make an investment.

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Chronos Cycles: measured time
Kairos Seasons: experienced time
Chronos Cycles: quantity of time
Kairos Seasons: quality of time
Chronos Cycles: clock or calendar time
Kairos Seasons: heart time
Chronos Cycles: cyclical
Kairos Seasons: linear
Chronos Cycles: recurrence
Kairos Seasons: occurrence
Chronos Cycles: predictable pattern
Kairos Seasons: unpredictable pattern
Chronos Cycles: uniform
Kairos Seasons: unique
Chronos Cycles: oscillating
Kairos Seasons: progressing
Chronos Cycles: heartbeat
Kairos Seasons: lifetime
Chronos Cycles: a song’s meter
Kairos Seasons: a symphony’s movement
Chronos Cycles: ritual
Kairos Seasons: hope
Chronos Cycles: pace
Kairos Seasons: opportunity
Chronos Cycles: tradition
Kairos Seasons: anticipation
Chronos Cycles: chronological
Kairos Seasons: phenomenological
Chronos Cycles: measured time
Kairos Seasons: experienced time
Chronos Cycles: quantity of time
Kairos Seasons: quality of time
Chronos Cycles: clock or calendar time
Kairos Seasons: heart time
Chronos Cycles: cyclical
Kairos Seasons: linear
Chronos Cycles: recurrence
Kairos Seasons: occurrence
Chronos Cycles: predictable pattern
Kairos Seasons: unpredictable pattern
Chronos Cycles: uniform
Kairos Seasons: unique
Chronos Cycles: oscillating
Kairos Seasons: progressing
Chronos Cycles: heartbeat
Kairos Seasons: lifetime
Chronos Cycles: a song’s meter
Kairos Seasons: a symphony’s movement
Chronos Cycles: ritual
Kairos Seasons: hope
Chronos Cycles: pace
Kairos Seasons: opportunity
Chronos Cycles: tradition
Kairos Seasons: anticipation
Chronos Cycles: chronological
Kairos Seasons: phenomenological

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