Punctuality: New Concept or Old Hat?


Its like internet bandwidth.

We barely give it a second thought. We believe its unlimited and that it’ll never run out. We believe that as users, we have a right to whatever it has to offer.

What we fail to realize is that (in this analogy), time is not unlimited and it will eventually run out for each of us. As human beings (“users” for the sake of the same analogy), time is a privelege. We need to respect it and treat it with care, because once its gone, its never to be retrieved.

One facet of time that society has adopted is punctuality.

According to Wikipedia, “Punctuality is the characteristic of being able to complete a required task or fulfill an obligation before or at a previously designated time. “Punctual” is often used synonymously with “on time”. It is also acceptable that punctual can also, be related to talking about grammar, mean “to be accurate”. In cultures which value punctuality, being late is seen as disrespectful of others’ time and may be considered insulting”.

I was raised to understand that when two people agree to meet somewhere at a certain time, it is expected that both parties will arrive at the agreed upon place at that time. If one or both parties are unable to meet that deadline due to unforseen circumstances, it is expected that they give each other proper notice in advance so other plans can be made without disruption to any further appointments either party may have.

What is not acceptable in today’s society is showing up late by arriving after the agreed upon time and place. Also not acceptable: not showing up at all and informing the other party that you will meet them elsewhere at a certain time that works for them… and not you.

Apparently punctuality is not being taught to anyone BY anyone, as more and more people believe time is like our bandwidth. Forever there with no end, and not worthy of a second though.

Its time to unplug the modem.

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