The Dance of Life deals with the most personal of all experiences: how people are tied together and yet isolated from each other by invisible threads of rhythm and hidden walls of time. Time is treated as a language, as an organizer of activities, a synthesizer and integrator, as well as a special message system revealing how people really feel about each other.
Important chapters are devoted to the Americans and the Japanese as mirror images of each other. Even as such diverse cultures as these, time sets the stage for everything else. Other sections of the book deal with how time influences relations among people in West European countries, as well as among Latin Americans, Anglo-Americans and Native Americans.