The control of time.

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 am

Wandering. Waiting. Watching the clock. 

I was at the train station last night after my shift and began to wander up and down the platform. I began to think about how time defines us, about how we are ruled by time. A force which we can’t see yet it has such a strong hold on us. Tasks have to be completed on time, we have to be in certain locations on time, work, lessons, travel, food and meetings have to happen at a certain time. 

There is a need for time in the respect that it keeps things clear, trains have to run on time otherwise the complicated train network will come to a standstill. Also there needs to be one clear time for the trains to come otherwise commuters will not know when the trains are there. 

But how do you define time? What made it so important? 

Wikipedia defines it as-

Time is a part of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify rates of change such as the motions of objects.

But I was beginning the thought that time is just another way to control people, it is another way to say how and when things should be done. What if time were to stop? There would be a decline of control, there would be no clear path of the day. However there would be much more freedom, we would have a say in the way that each persons day is run. There is better scope for having a family while working because there is no restraints on when and how things have to be completed. 

Should we debate redoing the amount of control that time has on our lives? Could it make our lives better? 


  1. I read a fantastic short story years ago about a future city where timepieces had been banned because of the control they’d come to exert over people… The protagonist finds an old watch in an attic, decides to keep it and then is imprisoned fopr his crime. Wish I could remember who wrote it!

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