So the modern conception of time—that is, strongly demarcated, numbered, and globally consistent intervals of seconds, minutes, and hours—is just that; very modern. It was basically invented as part of the industrial revolution, in part due to clocks getting better but mostly as a by-product of labour regulation in factories.

And, with that in mind, what if we just… got rid of it? Not causality or the passing from one moment to another (which, y’know, you can’t exactly just legislate away), but rather the social conventions associated with specific clock-numbers. What if we just went back to letting people do things according to their body’s natural inclination to do them?

Incidentally, I had a personal run-in with this a few months back when I took a week-long staycation wherein I was hit by a bout of insomnia. After tossing and turning and desperately trying to get back to sleep at 3am it eventually occurred to me I didn’t actually have to sleep because I didn’t have to wake up to go to work in a few hours. So I just… got up. Played videogames for a bit, ate breakfast at 4am, then went back for another nap between about 9am and noon. It confused the dog a bit but was otherwise… really weirdly liberating. Of all the things I did or didn’t do in that week, that was probably the single most de-stressing one. Which… Go figure, I guess.