ABSTRACT

Time is not simply a measure. It is not simply a means of marking the passing of one moment to the next. Ecclesiastes allows for a reflection on the poetic quality of time, as well as its regulatory function. The passage is an attempt to differentiate between times, each defined by a particular quality. There is a time for war and there is a time for peace. The author's dangerous times are many, and there are many dangerous times besides. Their times are made dangerous by a present that is over-saturated with entangled, sometimes reinforcing, sometimes dissonant temporalities: of deep and linear histories, of threatening futures and sacred pasts, of suspended and new normals. Crucially, their pursuit of security from and through the dangerous times they have come to understand they inhabit has created differential zones of habitation.