When is it time?


Time may be the most complex topic in which one can indulge themselves. Everyone is concerned with it. The clocks in our heads exert their control over our daily lives, and from the ravages of the unbendable hand of time, no one can escape.

A simple Google search for the word “time” will yield over 3 billion results. Compare this with the results for “money,” an obvious topic of much focus, and you’ll see a mere 826 million links. A search for “God” nets some 464 million. Even “sex” will dredge up only 532 million results. I suppose it’s a good thing that “love” does bring the total back over a billion, but it still pegs the meter at less than half of what “time” turns up. At 2.38 billion, searching for “help” will get you in the ballpark, but amongst topically relevant words, only “me” and “you” will top “time.”

Yes indeed, if the distribution of a given word throughout the Internet is any barometer of the position held by said word within the collective psyche of our species, then “time” is of primary concern.

So, what is this time stuff anyhow? All of us ponder questions like, “Is it the right time?” for this or that. We’re often asked, “Do you have the time?”  Friends and family, work, even Madison Avenue urges us to “take some time.”  We’re constantly reminded that “time maybe short” or that it “flies,” and the older we get, the more we appreciate that time may not be “on our side.”

Whatever it is, this time stuff seems to not only be versatile, but also powerful, and more than a little mysterious. Of its origin, there is some debate. Christians and Jews both contend that time began only some 6 thousand years ago. Big Bang theorists put that estimate in the billions. Does anyone really know? Whenever it began, Albert Einstein linked it irrevocably to space, establishing it as the fourth dimension for our human reckoning. But even his contention that time must flow in only a single direction is now being challenged in the modern laboratory.

Origin, direction, relative or shared, time is a large part of each of our lives. So pervasive, so relentless, so inescapable, we do have all the time in the world, but is even that enough? Universal issues present themselves and humanity waits another day. Global warming, nuclear proliferation, over-consumption of natural resources, pollution, extinction of species, genocide, war and more war, how much time do we have? It is a decade into the new millennium. Are things getting better or worse?

It’s obvious that action is required. The old tapes need to be destroyed, and we need to ask new, better questions. We need to take a global perspective. We need to understand that for better or for worse, like it or not, we’re all in this thing together. And time marches on.

Will we take the time while we have time? Haste makes waste, but he who hesitates is lost. We don’t have forever. In fact, the Mayan calendar suggests we may be running out of time.

So I ask you, when is the best time to take the time to consider how much time we still have to be in time?

I say it’s about time.

The time is now.