- 3. Time is linear. With the Renaissance and the acceleration of
Punishments are just not as colorful as they were in Medieval days. When my kids act up, I like to regale them with tales of medieval torture devices. They, of course, roll their eyes because they know I can’t even spank them without DCFS at my door. Although medieval punishments are clearly barbaric, you have to admire our ancestor’s industriousness. Here are my favorite torture devices to inspire fear…
First, the treasonist criminal was “drawn” — tied to a horse — and dragged to the gallows. In the next stage, the person was hanged but not until death. (Because that would spoil the fun.) Then the skies were the limit… The criminal could be castrated, disemboweled, beheaded, or quartered by four horses. Sometimes the criminal was chopped up into quarters first with their remains dragged around town. But you get the point. This gruesome death served as a spectator sport to deter treason.
Drawn and quartering is similar. But instead of two ornery siblings yanking on a turkey bone, your body is ripped apart by four whipped horses galloping in four opposite directions. It’s not a good way to go.Nowadays, there are a plethora of options to choose from. There is oat milk, soy milk, cashew milk, and almond milk, to name a few. While they might take a while to warm up to, the benefits you will see in your digestive system, skin, and overall health are well worth it.
Throughout our lives, we will constantly circle the same themes and challenges. The past keeps echoing back. Those echoes are opportunities for us to either make better decisions and grow into more mature versions of ourselves (shifting the spiral “up”) or to make worse decisions and regress (shifting the spiral “down.”)
You just read another exciting post from In Fitness And In Health: a premier health and fitness community dedicated to sharing knowledge, lessons, and suggestions to living happier, healthier lives.The victim was strapped underneath a huge metal pendulum with a sharp blade affixed to it. The pendulum swung back and forth until it reached your helpless body and sliced you up like shishkabob. Most historians are not sure this one existed, but let’s not have them wrecking all our fun.The pillory was a wooden frame usually mounted on a post where the criminal would place their head and hands through the holes. Sometimes the offender’s ears were cut off and nailed to it as a public service announcement to all the village hoodlums.If I had started with this one, I probably would have lost half of you, so I saved the best for last. This egg beater looking device was placed inside the orifice of choice (use your imagination). It was then cranked open so that the four leaves slowly expanded and ripped open your internal organs. This torture was reserved for those accused of witchcraft and homosexuality. And it probably inspired future gynecologists.
And this awareness of time doesn’t just shape our lives — it shapes the world of today and successive generations. In my book This Could Be Our Future, I visualized this system as the Values Helix — a spiral.
In a world where we believe time is solely linear, by contrast, we lose our capacity to prepare. When society believes that a better future is constantly just around the corner, getting ready for the worst feels unproductive and pessimistic. Even the existence of a Plan B can challenge the entire value system.
The bridle was an iron cage that enclosed the head. Sometimes, a metal spike was placed inside the mouth to pierce the tongue if she tried to speak. Then the offending shrew was led around town like a horse. Women accused of witchcraft were often targeted, but sometimes husbands could lock up assertive women who “scolded.”
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Everyone’s worst nightmare is to be entombed alive in an iron sarcophagus. But trapped in a sarcophagus with impaling spikes…now that is just genius. The maiden had 21 spikes that were just long enough to penetrate your organs and kill you slowly. Historians long thought the maiden was the stuff of scary fiction until one was found in a castle in Nuremberg, Germany, in the 1800s. But this torture device was most likely never used in the medieval period.
Our awareness of time is meaningful. Compare Matthew McConaughey’s cryptic “time is a flat circle” refrain from True Detective — a bleak refutation of the spiral theory — to Bill Murray’s transformation to escape a conditional loop in Groundhog Day. It was only when Murray was aware that he was in a loop that time moved forward.
History abounds in superlatives, including the giants that amazed the world with their unusual size. It is only in recent decades that scientific explanations for this phenomenon have emerged, namely pituitary gigantism, Marfan syndrome, Sotos syndrome, acromegaly, or eunuchoidism. However, as humanity had always been intrigued by extremes, we are sometimes offered with the blessing of truly unique people, such as Robert Wadlow, still holding the Guinness World Record as the tallest human being to ever exist at a height of 2.72 meters tall (8 feet/ 11 inches).
If I had started with this one, I probably would have lost half of you, so I saved the best for last. This egg beater looking device was placed inside the orifice of choice (use your imagination). It was then cranked open so that the four leaves slowly expanded and ripped open your internal organs. This torture was reserved for those accused of witchcraft and homosexuality. And it probably inspired future gynecologists.
Cameron’s wisdom brings two theories of time together: We will face the same, cyclical challenges even as we seek linear growth. When we think about it visually, we get this metaphor: Time is a spiral.
The victim would lie across a wooden frame with his hand and feet tied to a winding mechanism on opposite ends. Then the torturer would wind the wheel to stretch the person like a human Gumbi. Shoulders would dislocate, and limbs would sometimes be torn right off.
“You will circle through some of the same issues over and over, each time at a different level. There is no such thing as being done with an artistic life. Frustrations and rewards exist at all levels on the path. Our aim here is to find the trail, establish our footing, and begin the climb.”This way of explaining time is not just theoretical, but a framework for living. Navigating time is much easier when you’re aware that the spiral exists. As the authors of The Fourth Turning explained, when people saw time as cyclical, no one tried to pretend winter wasn’t coming. The world cycled between fat and lean times. People survived the lean because they prepared during the fat.Crimes that could get you pilloried include; libel, cheating, stealing, forging, vandalism, and even selling bad meat. (If you have ever had food poisoning, this seems like a fair punishment.)While drinking a single glass of milk won’t have any long term consequences, consuming it in excess on a regular basis could potentially have negative impacts on your health. Fortunately, there are many other options on the market today that will give you all the calcium and vitamins you need without all the bad side effects. Thus, living a longer, healthier life could be just one simple swap away.Plus, the animals in many factory farms are severely mistreated, so if you’re buying your milk from the grocery store, you could be supporting large inhumane corporations.
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