What is meant by " have been in rough agreement with their neighbors as to the time of day" in this context?? Please give much details.?
The railroad was not the first institution to impose regularity on society, or to draw attention to the importance of precise timekeeping. For as long as merchants have set out their wares at daybreak and communal festivities have been celebrated, people have been in rough agreement with their neighbors as to the time of day. The value of this tradition is today more apparent than ever. Were it not for public acceptance of a single yardstick of time, social life would be unbearably chaotic: the massive daily transfers of goods, services, and information would proceed in fits and starts; the very fabric of modern society would begin to unravel.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 710 months ago
For centuries, every town had a clock tower somewhere. And that was the official time for that town. If you were lucky enough to own a watch, you'd set it to the clock tower.
But getting the exact time wasn't as important as today. If you invited someone over for dinner, you might say 'Come at sundown'. You'd show up for work at dawn. A concert in the town square would be in 'early afternoon'. Nothing was scheduled at an exact time, so exact time wasn't necessary. People were in 'rough agreement' as to what time it was.