What If Monday – Time

I have been having a difficult time coming up with ideas to write about on this blog, but had an interesting idea last night that I would like to try out. I am going to try to write every Monday about a “What if?” scenario, imaginatively named What If Monday.

Driving home alone at 11:30 last night from my hockey game, not only alone in my car but seemingly on the road as well, I started to think about things. I looked down at the clock on my car’s dashboard and thought back a few hours to when I was rushing to my game. Not that rushing from place to place is unusual for me, and I doubt it is unusual for you.  It often feels like I’m always trying to get somewhere else, with a clock in every room reminding me how late I am.

This leads me to today’s What if: What if the clock was never invented? Even, further, what if in addition to not marking time, what if we didn’t keep track of months and years?  Sure we would notice the passage of “days” and we would notice the change in seasons in most parts of the world.  Surely, we would still notice the changes in the moon from night to night.  Would we be happier?  Would there be less stress in the world? Never late for work, no birthdays, no set time to wake in the morning, no set time to go to sleep.  Would things be better?

Is there something biologically inherent in humans that compels us to keep time? According to Wikipedia, the origin of our current system goes back all the way to 2000 B.C.  There was something that compelled us to keep track of time even in those “simpler” times.

Feel free to leave you thoughts in the comments here or even on your own blog.  Maybe this will even spark someone to write some fiction.