Time. It may be the most universal concept in humans today. Even money and food fall short of the power, attention and importance humans tend to give to the concept of time. You actually earn money based on the concept of time, and you eat based on what time it is also. Time tells you what is right and what is wrong. For example, in America it is completely normal, ethical and legal to drink alcohol anytime before 2am. However, drinking any alcohol between 2am and 6am results in the whole society labeling you as unethical, an illegal drunk and worthy of being arrested and kept away from everyone else.
So is time turning you into a slave? Has time actually taken control of you in such a manner that your entire life, no matter how closed or open, is actually based on one single element called time? The very reason watches exist is for you to know where to go next, when to stop having fun, when to stop eating, when to wake up, when to start driving and when to start panicking. You depend on time so much that the concept of calendar came into being to look at time on a bigger scale than a watch. Not only do you have to know how long to be a slave today, you must know what to do and what not to do for days, weeks, months and even years ahead!
So how does time actually control you? Let us look at the idea of time and how it controls you all the time by simply focusing on the things time tells you to do regularly.
5 Ways You May Be a Slave of Time
- You sleep because time tells you to sleep.
This is probably the most common element of having time control you. Instead of going to sleep when you feel sleepy or when you cannot stay awake anymore, society tells you to go to sleep based on how late it is in the evening. Usually for people who work, this means going to sleep by 9pm and for everyone else, by 10pm on a weekday.
Sleeping is one of the most basic reactions of a human body where it tries to recharge itself. The real freedom is to sleep when you want to or when you feel the need to sleep, instead of when time tells you to sleep. Society tells you to depend only on time when you want to sleep. And thus you become a slave to the time as it even dictates when you can be awake and when you may be able to sleep.
- Time tells you when to eat daily.
This is again something we let time control. We have changed our habits so much that our bodies are now living around the concept of eating when it is office lunch hour and getting hungry when office hours finish.
You may be hungry at other times, though you hold off your hunger until it is the approved time to eat or until it is time when everyone else around you eats. What better way to turn you into a slave than to control the most elemental thing you do daily to survive every day: eat!
- Time dictates how you treat the world.
If it is bright day light and you see some stranger on the street, you may not be as scared as seeing the same someone on the street at night. Similarly, seeing a homeless person at night may scare you, but seeing the same homeless person during the day may make you feel disgusted or bothered by their gross existence.
Society has told us that time, day and night to be exact, serve a purpose. The “light” and “dark” concepts have made us realize that any time it is night, things can go bad and we should hide in our homes, and that any day light time means we should go out and do things.
- Time dictates your money.
We are used to paying first for food and then getting food at fast food places. Similarly, we are used to eating first and then paying at big restaurants. Most people expect to get paid on Fridays in America, while many people expect to pay credit card bills around the 1st of the month. You can only spend your money till 9pm in most shopping malls in America, while you are allowed to take out only up to $300 to $500 per day maximum from most checking accounts using your debit card, even if your bank account has thousands of actual dollars in it.
This trend of expecting to earn money around a certain time and spending money around a certain time continues all year. This trend becomes very clear during the holidays when the entire focus of your money is on spending it. It is interesting how instead of basing our income on how hard we work for it or what we barter for it or what we do to get it, we focus on the time around which we have to revolve our lives in order to get the money we actually earn.
- Time dictates your happiness.
All holidays are actually time based events which dictate what you will be doing for yourself and others every year, and how, at what times. Christmas tells you what to do and how to celebrate it, while New Year’s tells you that it is time to actually celebrate the farewell of the previous year. New Year’s also tells you to start making new plans, while Valentine’s days and wedding anniversaries tell you to focus on loving others around you and to show public displays of affection.
All these holidays, resolutions and ceremonial events are based on the concept of time. Instead of letting our actual feelings tell us what or when we want to show or feel in terms of happiness, we wait for the predefined times that society says are acceptable.
Does Time Whip You Daily, Slave?
We rely on time in every manner possible. Laptops, desktops, cell phones, watches, microwave ovens, TVs, cars and even clocks in shopping malls. We rely on them to tell us when to pick up things, when to pay, when to return something, when to buy something, when to go somewhere, when to talk to someone, when to go online, when to wake up, when to go to sleep, when to rest, when to eat, when to shower, when to call someone and even when to actually stop looking at time for a certain amount of time. Time is dictating all the actions. Time is dictating life itself too.
So, based on the above information and examples, do you think time is dictating your life? Are you a slave whose handcuffs are actual time fronts energized by the passage and counting of each hour and every minute of every single day? Even the concept of a “day” is based on time; does that dictate your behavior regularly?
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