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There’s nothing that messes with your perception of time more than a microwave. Perhaps this is just me but two minutes waiting for a bag of popcorn consists of a whole trip to the laundry room AND folding my clothes only to find out I have a minute left to spare on the clock. And this isn’t the only time where time is just wonky. It’s jarring for a lot of old people to know the 90s were almost 30 years ago.

But if you think about it on a more existential level, time is simply a social construct. I mean, we don’t actually know it’s Wednesday. What is a Wednesday? All these questions, why? Because society has instilled that that’s just the way it is. In this Ted Talk I will talk about how we are simply cogs in a machine where time is designed to keep us bound to the capitalist system.

I’m joking, but if this were a five-paragraph essay I would conclude it by asking my audience to think of time as being, well, timeless. Like how old people react when you tell them how old you are after they haven’t seen you for a while.

It’s weird because everything revolves around time and everyone in one way or another is holding out on living because they don’t have the time to do this or that and the next thing you know two, five, then 10 years have flown by.

Consider this my plea to remind you all to live in the moment and take in the little moments where time ceases to exist—like being in a casino for instance where there are no clocks because “they” (whoever they are) want you to gamble all your money away. Yes, like that, because it’s not wasted time if you’re having fun, right?

Bad example. How about thinking of it as always waiting for that bag of popcorn. Because no matter what you do for how long in between those two minutes only 30 seconds would have passed anyway.

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