May 5, 2007

A Traveler's Clock
Vancouver, United States

I was mindlessly flipping through the SkyMall in-flight impulse-purchase magazine on my flight from Miami to Phoenix a few weeks ago, when an advertisement caught my attention. It made me smile, and a little sad at the same time—enough so that I ripped it out so that I could write about it later.

Dayclock

The photo depicted an analog-style clock with just a single hand. The days of the week were printed on the face instead of numbers. It sort of looked like an unattractive, color-less pie-chart. As each day progresses, so does the hand around the face of the clock.

The advertisement copy read: "If you're lucky enough to measure life by the day, this is the clock for you. It's a perfect novelty gift for recent retirees to let them know their ties to the clock are easing, and it's great for vacation homes and RVs. We should all aspire to needing a clock like this."

I chuckled a bit, because this is exactly the type of clock I really needed, but then started thinking about how it was a perfect example of how the culture of this country feels about their time. The United States, and so much of the populous within it, is driven by a ticking clock. So much so, that the people selling this item would only think to put it in a vacation home or as a gift to a retiree. …We should all aspire to needing a clock like this.

I see this attitude in the U.S. where people feel like they have to earn their freedom—working their entire lives like an indentured servant to earn what they were born with.

You are free.

The shackles that bind you may have been forged by habit and culture, but they were bound by you, and only you can unlock them.

I understand that Americans work hard to give themselves and their offspring a better life, but at some point folks need to take a step back and look at what they're sacrificing for that betterment.

The rationalizations come in many forms, but they are yours, and yours alone to do with as you will.

Comments:

Australia

Craig | travelvice.com

May 11th, 2007

…except you dad — I love you too much to free you from your chains of Travelvice's Executive Administrator :)

Tom Heimburger

May 11th, 2007

…And to break the chains that bind
The many to the few
To enfranchise slavish mind,-
Paddle your own canoe.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/277050.html

Aldona

May 12th, 2007

Unfortunately Europe is runnning after time as well and even if in France we have the 35 hour working week, executives keep wonderning why there are only 24 hours in a day.

Maybe some day we will all need a clock like this…Did you purchase yours already?

Australia

Craig | travelvice.com

May 13th, 2007

Yes, it will go nicely mounted on the front of my backpack :)

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