We’ve all been brought up on lessons about time; how to tell time, the importance of time. We’ve been told that time is money, that it waits for no one and that a stitch in time saves nine.
So we strive to do things on time, be on time and on top of time. Investors go into raptures about timing. Some Shakespearean character (I forget who) spoke eloquently about the tide in the affairs of men, which when taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. We go through good times and bad times. Leaders aspire to grace the cover of ‘TIME’! Batsmen get timed out. Referees call time. Some countries pretend to save daylight just so they can stick to time. Even the Bible – Ecclesiastes 3 – says there is a time for everything.
We get up on time so we can catch our train on time so we can report to work on time. Then we meet time deadlines and eat at lunch time. Our loved one gets peeved if we don’t get back home on time. We pass time, spend time, kill time. We even do time when we transgress the law. Dash it, why this fetish for time?! Why should this post reach you on Saturday? Why not on Monday, or simply any day? Will we ever learn to side-step time? Only time will tell.
In my house, my dad’s life is defined by time and my wife is always fighting against time. My son doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of time. And my own view doesn’t count at any point in time.
See you next time.
PG Bhaskar is a private banker and has authored several books. He tries hard to keep up with the times @bhaskarpg and www.pgbhaskar.com. Look out for his weekly humor column on B-Change Saturdays.
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