Nir Rosen, in Rolling Stone:
"You Westerners have your watches," the leader observed. "But we Taliban have time."
That's the kind of thinking that comes naturally in such a place, where 100 years is nothing.
It's very important that we adapt to the world on the long-time scale as well as the short-time scale. Ethics are the art of doing that. You must have principles that you're willing to die for.
To be sure, time marches on.
Yet for many Californians, the looming demise of the "time lady," as she's come to be known, marks the end of a more genteel era, when we all had time to share.
Tom Friedman, in 2005:
Lance Armstrong and his team's abilities to meld strength and strategy -- to thoughtfully plan ahead and to sacrifice today for a big gain tomorrow --- seem to be such fading virtues in American life.
Maybe we have the leaders we deserve.