A recent post from Emily Gowor reminded me of this piece by Arnold Bennett. A great reminder about what we’re up to in our time …
… they have not explained TIME.
It is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible, without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. A highly singular commodity, showered upon you in a manner as singular as the commodity itself!
For Remark! No one can take it from you. It is unstealable. An no one receives either more or less than you receive.
Talk about an ideal democracy! In the realm of time there is no aristocracy of intellect.
Genius is never rewarded by even one extra hour a day. And there is no punishment. Waste your infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you. No mysterious power will say: “This man is a fool, if not a knave. He does not deserve time; he shall be cut off at the meter.” It is more certain than bonds, and payment of income is not affected by Sundays.
Moreover, you cannot draw on the future.
Impossible to get into debt!
You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for you. You cannot waste the next hour; it is kept for you.
… Which of us has been saying to himself all his life: “I shall alter that when I have a little more time?
We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.