Leibniz writes about disquiet, the disquiet of 'our' clock.
This word disquiet feels good in my mouth …
small and forceful… it sneaks
up and makes time possible …
What would the 'our' of the hour clock be? The Christian clock of interiorized linear time that begins with Genesis and ends with the Apocalypse? He writes that the German word Unruhe means both the balance of a clock and disquiet. Leibniz makes an alliance between clock time and body time, "one can take that for a model of how it is in our bodies, which can never be perfectly at ease. … some new affect of objects – some small change in the sense-organs, and in the viscera and bodily cavities – would at once alter the balance and compel those parts of the body to exert some tiny effort to get back into the best state possible; … perpetual conflict … makes up …the disquiet of our clock …."[1]
[1] Peter Remnant and Jonathon Bennett, ed. and trans., Leibniz: New Essays on Human Understanding (Cambridge: Cambridge U. P. 1996) Bk II "Of Ideas" Ch. xx "Modes of pleasure and pain": pp166