What does the expression fast company mean?

Use of time: men, women, children

Ludwig Heuwinkel

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Born in 1952; Subject teacher for economics, sociology, philosophy and educational sciences at the Westfalen-Kolleg Bielefeld.
Address: Baumheide 18, 33609 Bielefeld.
Email: [email protected]

Publications: Various scientific and didactic articles in journals; Contributions in encyclopedias; Textbook author; Dealing with time problems, Schwalbach / Ts. 2004 (in preparation).

The development of contemporary history from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 21st century is outlined. While the principle of slowness prevailed until the late Middle Ages, modern societies are characterized by processes of acceleration.


Time is a phenomenon that accompanies people throughout their lives. In addition to space, it is the basic condition of all life and the most valuable human resource. A life without time is absolutely inconceivable. In contrast to other economic resources, time cannot be accumulated or saved. If you "save" an hour at work today, you will not have 25 hours tomorrow. The great importance of time is also reflected in the fact that time is the most frequently used noun in conversations. It is therefore obvious to deal more closely with dealing with time or with time problems. The following is an outline of the history of time from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 21st century.

* This article is a greatly abbreviated and revised excerpt from the introduction to the following publication: Ludwig Heuwinkel, dealing with time problems, Schwalbach / Ts. 2004 (in preparation).