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I remember you saying that the homeless people had developed routines like clockwork. You remember that?”
“I do. That’s what happens when you take clocks out of people’s lives - I believe that’s what you said.”
Yukawa nodded, satisfied. “Too bad it’s impossible for you and me ever to be off the clock. Like it or not, we’re stuck in the cogs of society. Take them away, and our clocks spin out of control. Or rather, we are the cogs in the clockworks. No matter how much we might think we are off standing on our own, we’re not. It gives us a certain measure of security, to be sure, but it also means we’re not entirely free. I’ve heard that lots of the homeless don’t want to go back to living regular lives.”
“Keep chatting like this and you’ll use up your two or three minutes in no time,” Ishigami said, look at his watch. “You’re at one minute already.”
“Okay - the world needs its cogs, all of them; and even a cog may say how it gets used. In fact, only a cog may determine its eventual meaning in the system. That’s what I wanted to tell you.