Shreds of Time

"Clock time" by Salvador Dali

Time… why does it have to move always forward, never behind? We never have enough ot it lately: I don’t know when we progressed into a world of speed, but just as we made this jump, everything began to move faster: information, cars, people, even the clock seems to be ticking faster.

Although we turn the clock an hour behind during winter, even those 60 minutes waste immediately, and then, fine, in summer we even have to turn them an hour forward. Sometimes we gain an entire day, in february, because of an interesting phenomenon (1), but even even those 24 hours are not enough. (2)

A day passes, a month, a year, ten years, a lifetime, and even at the end of our time we still believe we didn’t have enough. During our lifetime, we try in every possible way to gather shreds of time from the hourglass of life, but these are always blown by the wind of the ages…. Time…. Why must it always move forward, never behind?

Notes: (1) Actually, the moment of Earth’s revolution (the spin around the Sun) lasts 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes and 9 seconds. The reason why terrans gave the calendaristic year a round number is of practical nature. Still, from the same practical reasons, because of those six additional hours, the day of 29 february is added. I don’t know where the 9 minutes and 9 seconds go….. 

(2) As there is a difference between the sideral year and calendaristic year, so there is a difference between the “ordinary” day and the duration of Earth’s spinning movement around it’s own axis, which actually ends in 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. I don’t know what it done to the additional 3 minutes and 56 seconds at the end of the year….



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2 responses to “Shreds of Time

  1. silverlining09

    it’s one thing i need yet find myself always in the nick of time. great post!

  2. Pingback: What is a Leap Year? | theodorvisanmiu

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