‘It passes the time’
Time is too precious to spend it filled with activities that have no greater purpose than to the ‘pass the time’
I overheard a conversation a while ago that I found deeply troubling. It was someone talking about their Netflix habits and all the shows they're watching.
What stood out the most was how they spoke about one show that they weren't even particularly enjoying. ‘It passes the time,’ they said when asked about it.
It passes the time.
Time is our most precious commodity. And yet for some of us — and I've been guilty of this at times too — we're simply passing time slumped in front our latest favourite box set.
Don't get me wrong. I love TV as purposeful downtime. Rest and recuperation is vital if we're going to make the most of the time we have in this world.
But the impression I got listening to this conversation was that the watching of TV was little more than boredom filler. It wasn't purposeful relaxation. It was a life without a broader sense of purpose, and watching TV was their way of, in their own words, merely passing the time.
It's so easy to get sucked into a mundane existence. We get up, go to work, come home, slump in front of the TV. And, like I say, some days we need that. But if it reaches the point where it becomes little more than attempt to pass the time as a cover for our boredom, something has gone deeply wrong.