“Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.”
In the United States and Japan, being late is a very big deal and most people strive to be on time in order to respect the rights of others. Everyone is always on the go and there never seems to be enough time in the day to get the things done that need to be done. Generally, a carry-over to the next day just equates to more frustration and unneeded stress for most.
In certain countries like Italy and Greece, people are a little more laid back and don’t take time so serious. Being late is not that big of a deal unless you of course interfere with their break times. They just don’t seem to live by any clocks for the most part.
The concept of time for the Hopi Indian tribe in Arizona in the United States is really interesting. The Hopi Indians do not even have time in their vocabulary except for two words. One word represents “sooner” and the other represents “later”. I suppose the mentality is that sooner or later they will get there.
Most would agree that time is of the essence in most cultures today, however, I guess there is something to be said for taking life a little easier and stopping to enjoy it more often along the way! After all, we only have a finite amount of time to be late don’t we?