Is the Concept of Time Arbitrary?

Time rules our lives: hours in a day, day sin a week, weeks in a year, years in our lives. The limitations that time provides gives definition to the changes that we witness—what would a year mean if it did not pass with the expected shifts in life that occurred within it? Units of time were developed to be consistent with how the human race lives their lives—hours and minutes consistent with our physical cycles, days and months with our cultural recognitions, and years consistent with the manner in which humans mature. Would we notice time without change? Is time beneficial because it gives us a rough estimate of how much we can do until we return to the ground, or is it another attempt by the human race to standardize the way in which we live, setting invisible but undeniable limits on the possible?


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