PARDON ME: HAVE YOU THE TIME?
Look around you wherever you go. Where are they? What have they done with them? Why doesn’t anybody want you to know the time? Have you noticed that large clocks are no longer displayed anywhere? This is a conspiracy Why has time become the newest public secret? What level of security clearance must you have in order to be briefed on the time?
There are no clocks in banks. There are no clocks in warehouse stores. No clocks in coffee shops.
If you visit a hair salon to be clipped, dipped and snipped maybe they don’t want you to realize how much time this “maintenance” is taking. Perhaps those with natural gray hair tied back in simple buns have longer life expectancies than women who color, style and blow dry their hair. How many hours are taken performing these rituals? Salons don’t want to bring awareness to how much of clients’ lives are being spent trying to look younger as they age in stylists’ chairs. Solution: remove clocks from the walls.
Doctors’ offices do not display wall clocks. Are they trying to keep patients’ unaware of the time spent in waiting rooms reading old magazines with “newly released” gossip? Or do they not want patients to watch their lives ticking away?
Stores are equal opportunity deprivers of time data. Whether you’re browsing in a large department store or picking up a few necessities at a supermarket you cannot find a clock on any wall. Ignorance of time means an end to rushing, hurrying and leaving. Stores would like people to pick up a few more impulse buys in a leisurely way, so they provide “time ignorance.”
If we don’t know the time, will it disappear? Go away? Halt the aging process? If we have no clue about where the hands point are we dismissed from being on time?
Cell phones display the time, but if they’re buried in bottoms of cluttered handbags they take eons of time to locate and read.
Wrist watches are hidden under layers of sweaters, coats and gloves in winter and are too hot to wear in summer.
I’m going back to reading sundials and reading in nature’s way. So if you ask me what time it is, expect an answer like, “Three stars past the moon.”