I absolutely ADORE Mitch Albom. For those of you who don’t know who he is, his mind has brought forth Tuesdays With Morrie, The 5 People You Meet in Heaven, The Time Keeper, etc, etc… I’ve read all of them, and I just love the way he thinks, and the way he can put abstract thoughts into words like nobody else. I was reading The Time Keeper for about the third time, and to give you a brief synopsis, it is about a man named Dor, who invented the first clock and is deemed “Father Time”. However, he is punished for trying to measure time and is banished to a cave for thousands of years for trying to measure our existence, and is forced to listen to those who complain that they do not have enough time. He is given the chance to redeem himself, and he must do so by trying to help two completely different people understand the meaning of their days. One of my favourite quotes sticks out to me every time:
“Everything man does today to be efficient, to fill the hour? It does not satisfy. It only makes him hungry to do more. Man wants to own his existence. But no one owns time.”
These words are so simple and I know I can say I have had thoughts like this before, but the thinking behind it is so abstract and complex. Why do we do the things we do every day? Its a simple question, really. One day we aren’t going to be here anymore, so what is the point of doing the things we do every day if we are all going to end up in the same place? Nothing we do satisfies us. When we do nothing, we are told to find something to do. And when we are done with that, we move onto the next thing to keep us going until we find something else to do. But why? Is it to fill the void and pass the time until we die, or is everything we do leading up to some massive goal that humans have not discovered or thought of yet? I myself believe, and hope to believe that everything we do goes into a chain of events that affects one thing after another, just like The Domino Effect. Time is an inevitible process, and I believe Mitch Albom is right, we can own who we are, but we cannot own time, and what we do within that time. All we can hope is that what we do with time matters and will hopefully matter at some point.