Time is a funny thing. It is something that doesn’t exist but we try to measure it all the time. “I don’t have enough time” as if it was something we could hold in our hand, or “I’m running out of time” as if time were like water, or “Time is money” which sees time in a system of monetary terms. Time is the most pervasive thing in our every-day lives but we rarely give it any real thought. We take time as this omnipresent entity that is eternal, which dissuades us from ever questioning it.
Does time exist? According to Elias’ article on time, he sees time a social institution in which people learn how to act and behave according to time. It is something that regulates human beings and allows our society to function in-sync. By this, members of society learn how to regular his or her behavior by the institution of time. For example, employers use time to make sure that their employees come to work on time or for teachers to expect their students to be at class at a certain time.
I am starting to believe that time doesn’t exist, as it is something imaginary made into reality by human beings. Time can be on the same level as abstract ideas such as “justice”, “equality”, and “morality” which are concepts that seem as real as the computer I am typing on, but have no physical entity. Sure we may think that time can be ratified as real by pointing to a clock, but the clock itself is merely nothing but another symbolic representation of time, governed on the rotation of the sun.
Does time exist? Well, without it human society would possibly be in disarray. Elias explains how complex the idea of time is, and that a society with time embedded into it is a sign of civilization. Imagine a world in where we didn’t have time governing our schedules. Without hours, minutes, seconds, days, months, and years, society would have a very difficult time working in sync together. Nobody would know when to pay their bills, when to pick up their kids from school, how long to stay at work, or even when to go to sleep.
Time does not exist. It is an abstract concept created by humans in order for it to be used as a tool to govern our social lives. It is not something that is tangible and we cannot hold it in our hands. We cannot measure how much or little time we have with a measuring cup. The seconds on a clock ticking away doesn’t show how time is passing, but rather how many more ticks is necessary for the sun to go down.
Once we learn that time is a human-created concept and not something that merely exists, can we assess how huge an effect that it has in our every-day lives and address how we can change its effect on us. About to graduate college? Take a year off. Don’t be worried that we are going to “run out of time” because time isn’t going anywhere. Time is not a clock with a knife, threatening you to move “forward” in your life and “progress” (whatever that may mean). Learn how to “take your time” with life. Enjoy the moments that you are with your friends, the soft sound of the rain, the smell of coffee in the morning, or the kisses that you share with your loved ones. These things are eternal and its effect on us cannot be measured. After all, we have all the time in the world.