A Question of Time?
edited: Monday, May 22, 2006
By George E. Albitz
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Posted: Monday, May 22, 2006
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Which would you prefer a watch/clock that runs slow or one that is completely stopped?
This is not a new question but one that requires more thought than immediately apparent.
These are merely my interpretations but I feel quite within the boundaries of good philosophy.
The popular educated thinking-man’s reply is that a watch/clock that is completely stopped is better than one that runs slow because it will be accurate twice a day. I’ll assume that you agree.
That is true , it will give the exact time twice a day -- whereas the one running slow will never be accurate.
Does that make it a better timepiece?
No! Of course not! Absolutely not! Not even close! The whole idea is a fictionalized fabricated myth reeking with falsehoods of monumental significancies. The philosophy has more holes in it than Bonnie & Clyde’s death car.
Think about it!
The sole purpose of a timepiece is to provide an indication of time. The educated answer given by all says that they prefer an instrument that is 100% correct less than 1% of the time over one that is 90% correct 100% of the time.
That is what they SAY they prefer, but what do they choose in reality?
Why do soldiers synchronize their watches?
If you ask three people the time you will get three different answers, all of which are probably wrong.
TIME is not an accurate science. All clocks are different. Some run fast, some slow. There is virtually no way to tell which is displaying the correct time.
Actually, Correct Time is a myth.
Time is dependent upon what we choose to be the indicator.
Hell, The Chinese say we don’t even know what year it is.
Therefore, a clock that runs slow -- is just another clock that runs slow.
However we are getting an IDEA of the time 24 hours of every day. After arriving late to work a few times we will be able to realize the infraction and adjust our day accordingly. Many people leave early because they know their watch runs slow.
The other timepiece is USELESS!
You will NEVER have the slightest idea of what time it is – Not a Clue!
Oh, sure twice a day it will be completely accurate,
BUT YOU WON’T KNOW IT!
Unless you have another timepiece to compare and count down the seconds you will never know when the exact moment occurs. All things being as previously observed the other timepiece will probably be off and you will get a false indication anyway.
Let us test my theory. You take the watch completely stopped and I’ll take the one that runs slow. We’ll do lunch! You name the time and place. Try to be punctual using only your watch. I’ll be a little late.
The only way the completely stopped timepiece is better than the other is if you are able to wind it or install a new battery!
Let us test my theory another way. I’m willing to wager my weekly paycheck, which is well into double figures, that you yourself do not believe your own answer.
Look at your timepiece. I’m quite sure it is slightly off at best, yet you continue to use it. When it stops completely I’m quite sure you will discard it rather than saying, “Jolly Good! Now it will be accurate twice a day!” Nobody walks around with a stopped watch on their arm or a dead clock on their wall.
Time marches on!