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Thinking about the Secret Powers of Time

2010.06.11

From the brilliant mind of Philip Zimbardo and the incredibly talented pens and animation magic of RSA Animate comes this ten minute exploration of how our individual and societal attitude toward time influences the way we view the world, and what this means for things like our sense of collective responsibility and the ways we educate current and future generations.

The concept of time is inherently personal, though aggregated on a societal (or organizational, or community) basis, it starts to have a larger cultural meaning. As the video points out, many of the pressures of modern life have to do with time: how to “spend” it, how to allocate it across all the competing demands for it. Saddest of all is the finding that, if we could add an 8th day, many would choose to spend it on work and other trappings of success, rather than making their lives more meaningful in other ways.

What’s your concept of time? Use the comments feature below to give us YOUR thoughts!

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