“In one of the last dreams in Lightman’s book, Einstein imagines a world not too dissimilar from our own, where one ‘Great Clock’ determines the time for everyone. Every day, tens of thousands of people line up outside the Temple of Time where the Great Clock resides, waiting their turn to enter and bow before it. ‘They stand quietly,’ wrote Lightman, ‘but secretly they seethe with their anger. For they must watch measured that which should not be measured. They must watch the precise passage of minutes and decades. They have been trapped by their own inventiveness and audacity. And they must pay with their lives.'”-Joe Zedah, “The Tyranny of Time.” NOEMA. June 3, 2021.
I wanted this to be more interesting than it was, but I did like this last passage.