|Discussion-- We live in a society that places tremendous
importance on time. Although time is an abstract concept, it has become an
institution that exerts significant control on our lives. Our experiences are
broken down and assigned to manageable segments of time. We recall major life
events in terms of our age or specific days, months or years. Our typical
workday is nine to five, the "dinner hour" is generally around six or seven
o'clock in the evening, and our favorite television show comes on at eight,
seven central. Indeed, time is a concept so ingrained in our culture that we
rarely step back and think about it objectively.
The minute is one of our most basic units of time. We know that there are
sixty of them in an hour, and fans of "Rent" may also know that there are
525,600 of them in a year.