May 13, 2011

What time is it? I bet you know, but if not, I bet you can find out pretty quickly.

The thirteenth century saw the invention of an object that still controls our lives today: the clock. I read this today in “The Post-American World” by Fareed Zakaria, a book we’re reading in AP Comparative Gov class.

The human world needs a way to track time to function as it does today. I know this.

But…recently I’ve been disliking those ticking clock-hands. Time feels controlling. Waking to an alarm, walking to lunch at 11:15, realizing that the amount of time left before class is less than the amount of time  needed to finish work for that class…

Admittedly, there are times when the clock is a savior. Hearing “there are ten minutes remaining” during AP tests is such a relief (time hasn’t warped! I won’t be stuck in this test for eternity!).

Still, I like to imagine life without clocks or alarms. Without time as we know it. No hours or minutes or seconds, the rise and the set of the sun the only demarcation. Not as much would get done, of course…but I think it would be nice.

So, I’m not going to do it yet (I might not graduate if I do), but soon, once school is over, I think I’m going to ignore time. For one full day, I’ll try not to look at the clock. I’ll try to free myself from dependence on knowing that it’s 9:18:32 pm or 6:59:12 am.

I’m going to do whatever I want, whenever I want. For once, I’ll control time.

Alice H.


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