An unusual post today, just because the title was intriguing to me. I thought I would save it for a future blog post.
Now I am ready to consider what crime I would be likely to commit.
I don’t believe my so-called crime would be to rob a bank or injure a person. I think my crime would be a means of gaining more time. I could steal time ! Then again, perhaps I’ve been reading too many Terry Pratchett books. I am sure I remember a Thief of Time when reading about the Discworld, but would the universe unravel if I stole time ? What would I do with it ? Where would I keep it ?
If I stole time, not that I have any idea how to do it ! But just presuming I could, would I be able to bottle it and use it as required. Prescribe myself one drop of time to help me remember something I forgot. Two spoonfuls and I travel back 20 years. Bath in it and I return to my infancy ?
What would I do with it ?
My metaphorical bottle of time would help me to go back in time and see family that are no longer here, even a great, great, great Grandparent or visit far away places like Egypt when ruled by Pharaohs or see my hometown in the 1920’s or before it was redeveloped with concrete. Most of all, I would like to have more time with my family.
Where would I keep it ?
Well, presuming my bottle could hold time, I would stopper it and keep it with me at all times. But, I think my bottle would need to be like Hermione’s bottomless carpet-bag, as I am sure there is so much time to bottle that it wouldn’t fit and I have a notion that time swirls around quite a bit, rather like an unsteady toddler learning to walk. Hence, I think my bottle would be made from plastic, as glass may break if time get’s a bit agitated ! I also believe time is clearly invisible, but as it moves around in captivity it would resemble mist.
Reading this back again, I see a problem with stealing time, in the fact that it would make me even busier than I am at the moment, and may not have the desired effect that I would wish, as I am not sure if time really wants you to jump in and out of it, as if hopping off a bus once you reach your desired destination.
But am I confusing time with immortality, they must be different ? If I could steal time would I be immortal because I would control time itself ? If I really think about it, time is something to use and not control.
So, perhaps when considering to steal time I wouldn’t steal it at all. I should make more time. But since time is money, I would in essence be making money which was counterfeit, hence, I would be committing a crime – aha ! The penny drops. I have the motive – can I get away with it ?