Time-keeping: Does time serve you, or rule you?
April 24, 2007 5:56pm CST
Actually that may be one of the most meaningless soundbites I've ever heard - I should work for the media LOL! Basically, are you obsessively fastidious when it comes to time-keeping? Does being on time take top priority in your life, and do you have nightmares about being late? Or do you just take your own pace through life, and arrive when you arrive? Has the concept of time become our master, rather than a handy means of comparison? Did you know that the idea of timekeeping and clocks, with a standardized time (Greenwich Mean Time) was introduced in churches. So therefore, you might see the idea of slavishly being "on-time" as a hang-over from the days of Christianity's big hold on and power over people. What do you think of your attitudes to time? What's your opinion of those who don't share your outlook? Are they rude, uptight, or quirky? Do their points of view drive you up the wall, or couldn't you care less? Share your thoughts - let it all out people!
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7 May 07
I guess I'm kind of inbetween. It's sometimes important if I'm on time, but sometimes, I just don't really care. Meeting a friend, I say it's alright to be a few minutes late. However, it's VERY important to me that I be on time to say, a job interview or something else that's really important and where you need to make a good impression. Of course, I wouldn't want to be 30 minutes late meeting a friend or something. I think that's just rude. Hope I made sense!
9 May 07
I don't think that Christianity has a big hold on people I believe in Jesus and have a strong faith yes I am a Christian but, it doesn't have a big hold on me I want to believe in what I do because it brings me peace and happiness. It gives me assurance and makes me realise that I am worthy of love and not a bad person. I cannot see anything wrong with that. As for time keeping then I try to be on time sometimes I am not on time. Often I am late for Church and feel bad for it but, people understand. I have a baby and being on time isn't always easy with having a baby.
10 May 07
Well fair enough, everyone's entitled to their own belief system. I wasn't asking about christianity and timekeeping though - it was merely a reference to the fact that in the early days of standardised time (ie Greenwich Mean Time) most people didn't have clocks of their own as they were so expensive, so had to rely on Church clocks - the church having a lot of control in the day-to-day lives of people in ways like this. Before this standardised timekeeping, people had told time by the position of the sun in the sky, so tended to be more approximate. Hence the idea of precise timekeeping being a throwback to those days, and a remnant of the church's now obsolete control within society. I personally keep good time, as I feel it's rude to be late. I have no need for christianity or any other monotheistic religion in my life, but each to their own! All the best to you and your baby.