June 22, 2006

I found this interesting factoid on Reddit.com this morning.

The word "time" is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary.

Time is a relative word it seems to me, an under-educated old man standing with one foot on the proverbial banana peel. The flip phrase of a retired person is, 'I've got all the time in the world'. What a nothing statement. When you enter the last third of your life and not knowing the final parameter, that might mean five more seconds, or who knows. Well maybe it is an accurate statement. When your time is up in this world you're outta here. Whatever. But what if time was not measured. What if we didn't wear watches. Think about it. My answer is only in the Garden of Eden, before the apple episode, was time not important. Even in retirement it's relevant. Everybody and everything must run on business time. How would we oldies know when we could show up at the sugar shack for a morning donut, or find the door open at the library? It's interesting though, me being sort of a bullheaded type, removed my watch upon retirement, only to re-attach it later because there is no ignoring the fact that we are all on the clock. It just really depends or varies to whose clock we are attached. The world runs on schedule and only in the movies can we ask the world to stop, I want to get off. That only will happen when indeed your time runs out.

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