Don’t set yourself back by participating in the systems of your own enslavement.
The regimentation of time is about one thing – control. Standardization of time makes efficient the processes by which the ruling elite are able to profit to such historically unprecedented degrees of wealth inequality. Yet it has been destructive to the individuals forced to pace their lives around profitable efficiencies.
Since the first and most rudimentary forms of life have appeared, periods of dormancy and inactivity have accompanied them. Some form of sleeping has been used by every living species to provide fitness to the individual. Rest is such an important part of living that we simply cannot imagine existence without it. And yet only one species, and only recently, has tried to supplant their natural sleep patterns with regimentation.
Even to human beings, waking on schedule to the sound of an alarm is a pretty recent thing. In fact over the past few hundred years the way that we sleep has changed dramatically. Where earlier humans appear to have slept multiple times in the period of a day, according to their natural rhythms and own desires, we now force our sleep into a single period as if it were a chore to be commenced all at once. Many have come to view sleep as a interruption of waking activities, rather than an equally important and enriching part of their lives.
The reason for this shift in sleeping attitudes and habits can be summed up by one of industrial capitalism’s most insidious platitudes – Time is money.
And yet many of us find that no matter how we try, our sleep just does not want to conform with the contrived necessities of our socioeconomic position. Rather than fight the system we fight ourselves, leading to insomnia and other sleep disorders, which in turn leads to health problems, mental issues and self-medication, which in turn invites addiction. It creates a cycle of illness that feeds itself, pushing the individual further into harm’s way.
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