Sunday, August 10, 2008

Time: Three Quotes

"... the clock represents an element of mechanical tyranny in the lives of modern man more potent than any individual exploiter or any other machine." -George Woodcock, "The Tyranny of the Clock"

"The clock had its origin in the Benedictine monasteries of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The impetus behind the invention was to provide a more or less precise regularity to the routine of the monasteries ... But what the monks did not foresee was that the clock is a means not merely of keeping track of the hours but also of synchronizing and controlling the actions of men." -Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology

"Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains." -Henry David Thoreau, Walden, chapter 2

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