On Time

Time is Money

I remember when I was a corporate cog waiting for the time to pass and call it a day.  Until I realized it was my own time I was in effect wishing away, as if I had been living on someone else's time.

Time is this artifact, meant to approximate something more valuable than the other one everyone keeps talking about, money.  Modern time has been reduced to its one-dimensional and linear form, an evolutionary process to make us efficient.  And so much poorer unless we regain access to time's other dimensions and non-linear duration(s).

Spiral Timepiece Concurrence

Now I realize why money has been so successful an object of desire, for its enlightened handlers know that it is through it they take away others' time.  This is so much so that man always looks for time multipliers, which come as a mix of people and technology.  Oil is a mega-multiplier, and it was arguably its discovery and industrial applications that ended slavery in the West.

How sad is it then to see no revolutionary demand for time?!  How ironic is it to see each recent technology wave promising more time for ourselves!?

Dollar bill sand-glass aka Time is Money!

Thank you for your time(s)


Crescentsi said...

I think time as a method of control is a bit difficult for some people to comprehend. That sounds terribly patronising, but some people really do struggle with the concept of time, apart from the measurable, linear version that we eat, sleep and breath! Of course, time is used as a method of controlling people's behaviour,in the workplace and increasingly beyond. The harder we try to "create" more time by using "quicker" electronic/mechanical devices, the less time we have. Time saving devices don't save time, they shift time, or at least our attention. Of course, time has neither slowed down or speeded up, it is constant it is how we behave that changes.

I take your point that time has become a method of control, moreso than it was in the past, or atleast that is what I understand you to mean. However, for me work is a way of suppressing emotions, primarily. This, I believe, is why we are rewarded with cash. However, the workplace is cluttered with politics and control can be acheived through various methods.

Perhaps I'm not seeing the whole picture that you are painting, but, yes I understand the idea of time as a method of control and I see the oddity of our perception shift, yet time remains constant.


fCh said...

'However, for me work is a way of suppressing emotions, primarily.'

Sure enough! When they turned money into an object of desire, it's become akin to a black hole for many an emotion.

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