Why are we so time bound?
Authored by: Monica  

Have you ever stopped to wonder why mankind is so obsessed with time? Whether it is in the form of timetables, remembering and celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, trying to achieve tasks in a particular time frame or even wondering about our life on Earth and when and how we are going to die. All of it has to do with time. Look around you and you will see that the rest of the cosmos is kind of happily drifting along without being time bound.


Dogs are pretty much happy to see you even if you chance upon them without an appointment. A cat is never really bothered about how old it is but you insist on baking fishcakes to celebrate its birthday. It is not just animals alone you know. Go into a little village that is untouched by so-called “civilization” and you will see that people there live according to what their bodies and minds and their society needs. There is no question of going somewhere because their wristwatches tell them to. So, are we bound by time or are we achieving more because we live according to a timetable? Perhaps there are no black-and-white answers to this question. After all, we do get more done at office because we follow a certain timetable and meet deadlines.


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We also get more done because we structure our lives according to the 24 hours that we are given every day. Birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions become even more special because they fall on a particular day and family members and friends make time to meet each other on this day. But would you not like to live free? Especially if I tell you that it is because we measure our lives according to time, hours, minutes and the achievements within a particular time frame, that we are the only race on Earth that is so afraid of time running out. Observations about the fact that we only have one life to live can either be nerve wrackingly burdensome or strangely freeing. At the end of the day, no, at the end of the thought, it is up to us to decide whether we are time bound or whether we can enjoy a sense of timelessness.


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