A Study of Time.

Clockwork

 

With simple gears and a little oil, sprinkled with some ingenuity and a tad bit of design, a masterpiece is born. Although it is a terrible commentary that as a people we must adhere to the flow of a concept that is so subtle yet so profound and determining. With the rise and fall of each new moon, the months and years go by. With each tick of a moment, the seconds turn to minutes. Yet as imagined as this concept is, a great man once posited that it can be rather subjective. During the most tedious and strenuous labor, the sun seems to stand still for too long in the sky. Yet by the same token, moments of rapture and resplendence appear to just flicker by in an instant despite lasting perhaps hours. The point of view of each human would say that the passage of days travels on a variable treadmill of perspective. We each view this phenomenon in so varied a way that a paradox forms of such nature as to defy all reason. Regardless of the task at hand, for good or ill, the hands on a clock twitch by at a mechanical pace that mimics the beating of a healthy heart. But even the clock on the wall could appear to be moving at an increased speed the less often it is looked at, particularly during an entertaining event. The irony is that when a person is in a rush, awaiting a particular moment on the clock, the clocks movement seemingly slows to a crawl. When the clock is rushed, it moves slower; when it is desired for it to move tediously, it speeds up.

Truly, this is a strange phenomenon. But there is the opinion that it is entirely made up. That this paradox is a human invention designed to keep order among the masses. It is possible, from a primitive standpoint, that as humans begin to anticipate future events (sleep, food, midday) they cannot help but wonder how ‘long’ it will be until these events actually occur. The repetitive cycle of sunrise, awakening, midday, sunset, sleep and sunrise again does allow for the planning of events during the following cycle. It would appear that anticipation of what is to come is what birthed the entire notion the clock on the wall is based on. Since the clock only moves forward, this same concept cannot be applied to past events, though humankind is often seen contemplating what has already transpired. But due to the immediate benefit of what is to come and its relative importance, future events take precedence. Thankfully, it is only a broad, simple observation to say that mankind has become a slave to the movements of clockwork gears. The inevitability of the suns movement across the sky may as well be used to keep track of the days progress. In fact, the concept succeeds in bringing order and stability to the day to day lives of humans. Without this stability, it is doubtful any progress could be made in the betterment of society. It can be further said that any negative comment regarding this phenomenon is simply a chide remark on the basic functions of what makes a society what it is.

 

Besides, it is enjoyable (and necessary) to sleep when the sun finally sets.

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