Obsessed with time…

3 years ago

Why are we, as a society, so obsessed with time? I just got done unloading this truck at work, and the driver had written down his arrival and departure times on the paperwork and made me initial it.

It seems like we spend way too much time stressing about deadlines and timelines–which, if you stop and think about it, is pretty damn ironic.

What do you fellow HEthens think? Or is it a uniquely American trait? Are people in other countries always so stressed about the clock?

January 18, 2012 at 6:24 am

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Profile photo of Joseph Joseph (@warriors41) 3 years ago ago

Time is important for agriculture. It all started with realizing that there are “right times” to grow food. Now, everyone is too lazy to get things done and by the time it needs to be done, they only have a short amount of time left and so they stress over it and have to hurry up to “beat the clock”. Multiply by the population of New York and you get a city that never sleeps.

We are like the white rabbit with the pocket watch, always late and running. Don’t be like the rest of society. Breathe in the air. Don’t be afraid to care. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-HhW691OUQ

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Profile photo of vishnu vishnu (@vizznou) 3 years ago ago

hehe im from India and i guess we take things a lot more eased out… defenitely dont have arrival and departure timings for trucckers i guess… but for our own standards we pretty much live a fast life, in the cities at least, but maybe not as stressed and multitasking(?) as your life. i met an australian couple recently traveling south india and they said life’s lot faster from where they come from

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Profile photo of jetsetplayboy jetsetplayboy (@jetsetplayboy) 3 years ago ago

@Joseph – I like the ‘white rabbit’ imagery–so true of our society. Are you from New York, or were you just using it as an example?

@Vishnu – I just don’t see why we let a clock run our lives. I know here, especially in this job market, people can be fired just for being a few minutes late. I get the importance of being on time, but are those few minutes REALLY worth someone losing their home because they lost their job?

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Profile photo of Joseph Joseph (@warriors41) 3 years ago ago

Just an example. I’m from canada, people around here drive a little crazy.

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There are usually good reasons for timesheets with truck drivers. One of them is that truck drivers have a financial reason to drive as much as possible, even when they are too tired to drive and are a danger to other cars. Making them stick to a schedule is a way of making sure they aren’t overbooking themselves and becoming dangerous to other people on the road.

I’ve realized that I personally like a fast-paced life. I like being able to see things happen and get them done in a couple days. B)

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Profile photo of pat pat (@epath) 3 years ago ago

Because the world spins….space is divided by time….because there isn’t enough of it….

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years ago ago

If you have no life of your own, you will be someone else’s tool, and only then will you ever have to worry about time. Still it’s a choice, so the words “have to” aren’t accurate.

BUT. Time is the most valuable resource a human being has, so it’s completely rational to obsess with it a little. If I took 10 dollars from you, you wouldn’t be that upset. If I took 10 years from you, you would. Yet most of you are wasting your time doing dumb, pointless shit like working dayjobs, watching TV and playing videogames.

I’d much rather be obsessed than squander my time. I’d MUCH rather be around people who are obsessed with time than people who squander it. I’d rather die painfully from stress than sit on my ass like a bangup waste of existence.

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