Very thought-provoking today. I bought a new planner last week and already have filled the month of July and into August. The entries are even color-coded (red for work, turquoise for family and friends, and so on).
Time, as we understand it did not begin until the nineteenth century. At that time, people got up and went to bed with the sun. Candlelight isn’t good lighting for reading, sewing or fixing tools. Many other people ordered their lives by the whistles of the factory or by the town clock.
People were often late by fifteen or twenty minutes. Almost everyone was late and it wasn’t considered important because time wasn’t a constant. In 1880, the concept of an appointment was developed. With the birth of “appointments” came the responsibility to be on time. Time was local and not organized.
This all changed with the advent of trains. Trains needed a schedule. Schedules needed standardization. A schedule meant there had to be universal time.
The country was divided into time zones and it was made uniform. In the last fifty years, our sense of time has been completely overturned…
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