Time is something which we seem to overlook, until it passes us by. What keeps us in check throughout the day? Is it the position of the sun in the sky, the number of time we can count to one hundred? No. The clock is what we revolve our lives around. What time do you work? Scheduled hours, appointments, meetings—all of these revolve around looking at the number on a clock and our so called idea of time. It hasn’t always been this way however. Long ago, before clocks, people chose to look at time in a different matter. Time could be the length between suns, it could be the amount of the day (or days) between which food is captured, picked, or consumed. In a less structured, less technological life, time is something which becomes seemingly even more abstract. The day is no longer broken up into hours, minutes, and seconds but rather something more primal. This may be the time between sunrise and sunset, or the changing of the moons.
There is then also the concept of time not in minutes or hours, but in a more general form. In The Stone Gods,the main character Billie finds herself in so many different ‘times’. In the first part of the book, Blue Plant, she finds herself in a world were robots (Robo Sapiens among others) can be found, and are on their way to taking over every activity which humans would normally do. Money and buying things don’t exactly exist anymore—instead people rent their items except for groceries and toiletries. This makes them more eco-friendly as well as economical. However in this world where money no longer exists, and robots roam streets and share homes with humans, the world is in dismal shape. Pollution is dreadful and one of the only places which seems pristine throughout the entire story is Billie’s farm. This farm is actually part of a museum site as it is the only working farm left. People look down with disgust at the time when humans actually grew their own food and slaughtered their own animals to eat. They find it dirty and repulsive, showing that the time in which the Blue Planet is set is most likely somewhere in the future. The problem is, we never actually find out at which time these sections of the book occur in. While it can be deducted that this part of the book is set in the future and that the Easter Island section of the book takes place in the past, it is never easy to pinpoint exactly when events are occurring. Should it even matter? What do the past, the present, and future have to do with anything if time is not concerned?
Is time just something which is created by the government to keep us in check? While it sounds like a ridiculous conspiracy theory, it may never be known. They do tell everyone how money, real estate, citizenship, and so forth work, so why not time? It sounds like something which could happen in The Stone Gods, does it not? Personally, I feel as though time is something which humans feel a need to use in order to keep their lives in check. These days it seems as though people crave routine, knowing what they will be doing day after day if only so they can plan their days off. What would happen if there were no such thing as time? You could go out to buy groceries only to see that the store was using a different sense of time then you were. It would throw the world as we know it into complete chaos. Time is definitely something which cannot be rid of at this point. Humans have come to rely on it as a commonality. Time is something we all share, no matter where in the world we live. It is a language of the world in itself, and functions as an idea which we all seem to understand. In today’s world time is what keeps us going, keeps us motivated. While this may not have always been what it was for, the world today has created its own meaning of time and the only question now is what will happen in the future.