It's been nearly 40 years since I've worn a watch. Back when I was a college student I relied on one so I'd be punctual for class, rehearsals, piano lessons, jobs off campus. If I forgot to put the thing on, there was always the classroom clocks at the front of each room or the tower clock that chimed the hour. Not something I wanted to hear when I was rushing to class. Hearing the straight-up-on-the-hour chimes meant I was late.
This was pre-cell phone/personal computers/laptops and every other device we use to communicate by word or voice and organize our lives with. In this era time tellers are as ubiquitous as public toilets. Every newly manufactured car, truck, boat and motorcycle has one, some digital some, a old-fashioned clock face, or both. If you're in the kitchen and not wearing a watch, all's well. Look at your microwave or stove. They'll let you know how long you've been there. These days, time literally surrounds us.
But...what if we had no tangible method to measure time? I mean, None. Looking at the timepieces I own got me to wondering about this. How would we go about “being on time”
if we had no point of reference as to what that was? A 9 to 5 job would be meaningless. You’d have to get to work when it was daylight out and leave when it was still daylight. How would you know that you’d spent enough hours on the job to earn that paycheck? If you got paid biweekly, counting the days until your next payday wouldn’t be too hard; keep track of the sunsets or sunrises. When you’ve counted off 14, that’s your pay day.
How would anything in our world be regulated without the human invention of Time?
“I’d like to make an appointment to have my dog groomed.”
“Ok. Have you brought your dog into us before?”
“Yes. His name is Big Ben.”
“Very well. When would you like to bring Big Ben in?”
“Hmm. Let's see. When the sky is out of its pink-orange light phase and the sun is say, halfway up but not too bright yet. And after I’ve
“Sounds perfect. One not-too-sunny-side-up appointment for Big Ben. How many of those would you like to see before bringing him in?”
Would Big Ben’s owner be able to answer “3” if there was no Time?
And with that, I will say, I’ve taken up enough of yours, and look forward to your responses. All in good time.