How much does time rule our lives?
Just think about it. Please.
Just give it a minute of your time.
If you woke up tomorrow, and every timepiece in your orbit had mysteriously disappeared overnight, what would happen?
Seriously. What. Would. Happen.
Would the absence of smartphones next to beds and digital reminders of meetings, appointments and others’ demands, alter how you (and I) approach this day, or any day?
Would it set off a devastating chain of events, ultimately ending in world annihilation?
Would families catastrophically break down, friendship groups fracture or general social chaos unfold?
It could. Certainly. In a digital world, there would be systemic meltdown.
But, then again, it may not.
The sun would still rise; the moon set. The cows in the field would still get hungry. Milking would be needed. Babies would let us know when basic needs are unmet.
Life, in the literal sense, would unquestionably go on.
I ask these questions about our species’ dependence on time reflecting devices because it leads to a bunch of valuable questions about our values – individual and societal – our priorities, and our thinking about the temporal experience of life.
My dog doesn’t own a watch and doesn’t ‘keep the time’. Yet he knows when his body’s physical and emotional needs are not being met and then actively does things to sate these needs (stomping about near the food cupboard does the trick, or sidling up near the sofa for a cuddle).
The counter worldview to the status quo is worth a moment of hard thinking, methinks:
Conscious revision of humans’ dependence on time-measurement could result in general feelings of having enough time to live our lives at the optimum pace…
Is it time to spring-clean our time?