We have had many a fascinating discussion of the different monuments of time in this class. From a Buddhist monk ringing a bell at the mark of various important times to the Fordham clock tower to even a monument like Big Ben in England, there are many famous monuments of time in the world. These physical monuments that tell us what time it is – or, in other cases, why that time is important – have special meaning in our lives. These meanings are different for everyone, and I hope to flesh out these meanings even more in this blog post.
For example, what does the Fordham clock tower mean? For some, it could just mean a very loud indication that an hour has passed since the last time it went off. For others, it could be a larger symbol of the passage of time and the slow erosion of yet another day, one merely indicated by the hours that tick by every 60 minutes. However, both of these meanings can be equally true. For some, the clock tower, like other true indicators of time, could be a long-standing symbol of authority, a true, accurate bastion of accuracy in a world slowly becoming more full of inaccuracies. In such a world, a clock tower can hold a new significance because its accuracy is more of an outlier than it is previously.
And, additionally, in such a world, people want to find something they can authoritatively and unquestionably look to for clarity. In a world of digital clocks, old-fashioned ones like Fordham has and the one on top of Big Ben turn the clock backwards. In a world of questioned facts and confusion, clocks provide real, unquestionable answers. This may not seem important to everyone, but traditional clocks are a symbol of accuracy. And even when they’re wrong, they’re still right twice a day.