Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.
∆ Zadie Smith, from White Teeth
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time … Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.
White man, hear me! History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.
"The ultimate hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently." - David Graeber
What we practice at the small scale sets the patterns for the whole system.