Monday, August 25, 2008
As the sun sets...
I was noticing the sunlight this evening as I was driving to Hastings to listen to some lectures for my Church Ministries class. It was about 8:30 in the evening and there were a few fluffy clouds in the sky. The light was a dull yellow color and it seemed as if everything was in state of suspension. As if time had stopped.
If I hadn't been surrounded by timepieces, I still would have known the day was coming to an end. If I have been asleep for a long period of time and woken up at that moment, I would have known I had awakened at the used up end of a day.
I wonder what life would be like if we didn't have schedules and time trackers. How would life be different if we just woke up when our body was ready and started our day at whatever time it was. (Of course, if we didn't keep track of the time, it wouldn't matter. I know, my brain hurts too.)
It is a bit mind boggling to think about. We live our lives around our watches or cell phone clocks. We arrive at work at a certain time; we eat at certain times. We leave at certain times. What if we just gave up timepieces all together? What if we woke up when our body was adequately rested or ate when we were hungry? Would mass chaos ensue? Would society as we know it fall apart?
I think it would be so freeing to be able to just live by the sun. Have you ever noticed how the sunlight changes throughout the day? How morning sunlight is crisp and fresh or how evening sunlight is worn out and tired? Maybe I am just a dreamer. Maybe I just see the world so differently that these are mere ramblings of an eccentric mind.
Or maybe I am suffering from sleep depreivation and I need to go home and go to bed. Yes, that must be it. Thanks for reading. (If inquiring minds want to know, the picture is one I took of a sunset at the top of a mountain in Taiwan.)