Abstract thought emerged together with linear time and alphabetic language. Before that time we experienced reality directly. Thought clearly expanded our capacities at one level, yet when thought is unrooted from experience, and the mind is disconnected from the body, it can wreak havoc. Abstract thought tends to keep us pondering the past or wondering about the future, away from the experience of the present moment. This Merry Musing will explore the development and role of linear thought, and some of the limits it has created for us that we need to transcend to transition to a more interconnected and holistic way of living.