Timing is Everything

I am fascinated with wristwatches. I love the look of some but more deeply, I admire the art form of the watchmaker. A watch that runs on electricity or depends upon vibrating quartz is useless in its perfection, the cubic zirconium of time.

A mechanical watch is a testament to the imperfect man pursuing the flawless. The precision of time is the lynchpin to everything else that we measure and quantify. The measurement of time is the attempt to capture an interval, the duration of a kind of space without mass between events, a pressureless force, an invisible calculus graphing the length, width and height of life itself.

By celebrating man’s achievements in advancing as close as one can towards the state of creating something truly free of defect, the only timepiece worthy of the wearing has to be mechanical in design.

Green Rolex2

Paradoxically, the cheapest quartz watch is much more accurate than the finest mechanical watches costing tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The monetary value of a simple quartz watch is practically zero. These watches are given away as promotional items and hundreds of examples exist all over the internet at sale prices of under $5, barely the retail price of the battery. At a casual glance, many of these cheap watches are practically identical to their high quality, ultra-expensive mechanical counterparts.

So, if you can procure the perfect watch for pennies and it is indistinguishable from the same fine heirloom example of a mechanical watch that needs more care, is less accurate while costing as much as a new car, why does the heirloom watch even exist?

There is no real need to have a watch at all. The function of time and it’s telling are all around us all of the time. One is more likely to be within sight of a timepiece than not.  Our cell phones provide the precise time, all courtesy of syncopation with the atomic clock for precision almost impossible to imagine. Our computer screens provide the time, wall clocks are everywhere, radio and TV are constantly announcing the time and our vehicles all synchronize precisely with everyone and everything else. So why wear a watch at all?

Investing in a high quality watch is recognizing and appreciating the achievement of the device itself. We acknowledge the lack of precision; even celebrate it, because we understand our own shortcomings. Where the perfection of timekeeping costs almost nothing, the efforts of the imperfect man striving for the near divinity of perfection in its pursuit, is a mechanism worth so much more because we celebrate ourselves as humans; flawed, imperfect, yet made in the image of God himself and duty-bound to strive towards that standard, knowing we will fall well short, but are made better in the process.

Money means nothing without expectation. The meaningless of money is based upon the ample supply of it. Time is the only equally shared commodity regardless of ones station in life. Rich or poor, we agree on the measurement of time and we all have the availability of that time at our disposal in equal measure, however; what we decide to do with that time, how we allocate our activities and how jealously we guard our stewardship of it, is all up to us individually. The poor sell their time by the hour. The wise invest for the greatest return in the shortest amount of time, understanding that efficiency honors the fleeting and irreplaceable nature of time.

Watching the second hand on a watch face reminds us of the moment in time.  The ticking of a watch mechanism animates the sound of life being lived; reminding us rhythmically of its continual and unwavering passing. The rigid staccato of a quartz watch, marching like an enemy soldier to a hideously regimented pace is the antithesis of the smooth, analog motion the fine watch provides in a soothing and fluid design created to lower anxiety and make beautiful the functionality itself.

The counterfeit Rolex sold on the street is as unlikely to be on the wrist of the rich man as is the genuine article on the poor one and strangely enough for the same reasons; neither celebrates the value. The poor man can’t tell the difference and the rich man trades his money for the imperfect yet infinitely more elegant effort that honors time, achievement, the humility of mankind and the omnipotence of God Almighty.

Over 250 years ago, Ben Franklin said, “Time is money.” The literal manifestation of this adage rests on the wrists of those who truly understand not only the nature of time and money, but the nature of man and God as well.

©Robert T. Kingsley


Pink Floyd, Meet Donald Trump

From 1979 until the Trump campaign began, the phrase “The Wall” conjured up Pink Floyd and triggered that familiar melody in our heads.  Today this term is the modern representation of Fort Sumter in current American politics.  Sadly, many will have to Google “Fort Sumter” to understand the reference and therein lies the partial explanation of our problem, a lack of historical understanding.

Noted intellectual and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Reinhold Niebuhr said:

“The fence and the boundary line are the symbols of the spirit of justice. They set the limits upon each man’s interest to prevent one from taking advantage of the other.”

The borders of a country are no different.  Respecting borders provides acknowledgement of ownership, control and providence of ones rights whether it be that of a nation, state, county, farm, a meadow, or a home in the city.  Without borders, there are no countries, no cities, no towns, no privacy, no societal norms or public convention but instead collectivism.


Four centuries of well-established law governs US immigration.  Mexico is transitioning from a third-world economy and society with a much lower standard of living and deep poverty.  The Mexican minimum wage is 64 cents per hour.  Because much of the southern border is open, unfenced, unwalled and sparsely patrolled, illegal entry so far in 2018 is estimated at over 300,000.


President Trump’s primary campaign promise was to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.  It is promise that got him elected and he will rightfully be drummed out of office if he fails.

These facts are not in dispute:

  • Over 12 million illegals already live here illegally.
  • Thousands breech the southern border regularly and continually.
  •  Illegals drive up the cost of law enforcement, social services, taxes, health care and education.

Our walls have doors.  The US has always been a welcoming country.  We have welcomed more immigrants from around the world than any other country on the planet by far.  Every year, more than 1 million legally admitted immigrants will make America home.  It is our right and obligation to enforce immigration laws as they best benefit our country.

Those against the wall, supporting open borders while opposing the rule of law and challenging our right to national sovereignty are by definition anarchist traitors disqualified of citizenship and true enemies of the State.

Pink Floyd’s lyrics tell us, “We don’t need no education…”  Mission accomplished for those fools who want to see the demise of our country via globalization, again, lessons only learned from history if you bother to study it.

President Trump; build the wall you promised, or drown in the very swamp you have failed to drain.