Members of the Uptighterati hate lateness: are we wrong? | Oliver Burkeman

The problem with using time well is that it risks transforming every moment into nothing but a means to future ends In the mid-1970s, when the American who died in June, took an infectious delight in the sheer cacophonous variety of human behaviour, and time was one of his obsessions. In 1999, tale about the New York businessman, holidaying in Brazil, who starts lecturing a younger local man on the secret of success. Instead of whiling his life away fishing and drinking and playing music with his friends, the New Yorker says, he should expand his fishing operation, hire employees, make millions, then eventually retire so he can spend his days fishing, drinking and playing music with friends. The problem …