Time is a self-evident perception of intangible human construct. A week consists of days, which consists of hours, which consists of minutes, and so forth infinitely; However, time is much more than a measurement or fleeting notion given to each living organism. It is an existential entity that resides outside of the human mind and its attempted comprehension. Its fundamental nature is not one of transience, but one of forward motion, where it not the past that is prepared for, but the future. The passing of time is continuous, with the arrow of time always pointing ahead. But what exactly happens when time passes? The rock band, Chicago, asks this question in their hit song, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is?” in order to protest the human tendency to live for the future, and the trivial character of the time-driven capitalist structure. The quest for riches and promising futures is ever-present in every civilization, but even more so in a capitalist nation. When citizens are given countless opportunities to be in control of making his or her own fortune, money becomes a ticking time bomb that creates a free-for-all type atmosphere filled with elaborate corporate plans, get-rich-quick schemes, and everything in between. Chicago’s remark of “being pushed and shoved by people trying to beat the clock” is a criticism of how hectic the race is to a luxurious future. Moreover, it illustrates being surrounded by people who have a particularly harsh disregard for
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Throughout American industrialization, large industries were run by some of the richest men in history. These men got the nickname “robber barons” due to their creation of large monopolies by making questionable business and government activities, and by taking advantage of their workers to succeed. But in The Myth of the Robber Barons by Burton W. Folsom, he argues against these claims, and he takes a deeper look into some of America’s richest and most successful men. By specifically looking at Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, James J. Hill, the Scranton family and many more, Folsom believed that these so-called robber barons were actually entrepreneurs with a drive to succeed, leading to an improvement in American lives.
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“Miller sees many people’s lives being poisoned by their desire to be successful. People like the Lomans are doomed to try for success but fail, with all the resulting guilt that such failure brings. Others like Ben and Howard display an ability to make money that deems them successful but at the cost of their own moral integrity.” (Abbotson, 317)
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Oh my! Where has the time gone, and who are the keepers of time? Have they absconded with it, along with our dreams, our realities, our nightmares? Will they return with it, or shall we just sit here awaiting the end like two fishermen waiting for a nibble in a dried up lake? The question remains unanswered just like many others, but wait we must, because we are still at the end of a long line and our number isn't up yet, and this is one line where line-jumpers are more than welcome.
“Time is gone the song is over”, now what? In life humanity craves more time. Time is the one fixation we cannot get enough of. Since humanity is required to age, time seems to slip away. We don’t comprehend how time is synthesized. Society knows it goes on forever, regardless of what happens in life. Pink Floyd’s album, Dark Side Of The Moon, had immense success. It was recorded in the summer of 1972 on Capital records. The song Time was written by Roger Waters and recorded in the progressive era of rock and roll. The song is important because it demonstrates how people don’t realize that time slips away. The song displays this by means of engineering, instruments, lyrics, and arrangement. Therefore, taking us into how this song fits the historical context of the progressive era of rock and roll.