They say time is money and anyone who helps others save time has the potential to earn the currencies of the world. Totally true though how significant that is is up to each individuals. We cannot control time although we can control the way we use our time. What is more significant though is how limited we have of this commodity which we call time.
The recent earthquakes illustrate that. The recent sicknesses we have had illustrate that. Although I'm not close to the epicenter of these earthquakes nor in any way affected by them, I have personally known people who were/are in that area during the time of these earthquakes. Every time, it brought an urgency to me in that we are pressured by the amount of time we have on hand. The main problem is, of course, we don't really know how much time we have. Squandering away time is a no-no for all of us. However, how do you define the term "squandering away time" though? I mean to you and I, perhaps that very act is, but to another, it may not be. For example, something that seems clearcut to all of us... daydreaming. But is that really that obvious? Upon pondering, I do not think so. It is again depending on how much time one spent on daydreaming. Excessive is not right. Then again, what is considered excessive? Simply because a person does that more than the majority of us do? Then writing reviews here will be considered excessive to my friends and family. But do I think it's excessive? Perhaps. Then again, perhaps not!
So, essentially, the quantity aspect of time. Back to daydreaming again. If a person dreams a lot about a project or a theory, like Einstein did, but backed it up with lots of experiments and outward actions, and something good ultimately come out of it, we probably won't deemed that as excessive. Would we?
My standpoint is this. If it's an activity that's engaging a person's thought, creativity or actions, no matter what the outcome is (ie. economically viable), it is not a waste of time. That very act helps a person grow, intelligently, emotionally & physically into a mature person. Having money may be a big priority in our lives and to be self sufficient is crucial, but, if one doesn't grow (other than financially) in any way, then it defeats the purpose of life. I'm not barring those who provide a livelihood to others and a service or commodity, many a times though, some are really fictitious; like perhaps in the case of Wall Street. Some activities were churned, not all. And people are wasting crucial time simply to acquire financial gains which in some cases (not all) are really nothing but a book entry transaction! I've been there so I know. No doubt about it.
Now, back to the topic about time. There are ways to waste time even if one is making money out of it and there are ways to make full use of time even if one is not making a thing out of it. The prognosis is individual's and at best varies across all ages, cultures and beliefs.
At the end of it all, you'd have known if you've lived this life fruitfully a minute or two just before you leave this world. Hopefully, we all know it way before then. As for when we leave, it's in God's hands. So, it doesn't matter what you think of time, use it sparingly and accordingly to how you'd want your life to turn out to be! Even if one has wasted all the money in the world, do not try to waste all the time one is allotted with as you've no way of earning back lost time!
In essence, no one can judge if you've use your time rightly, only you can. On the other hand, if you're trading your time for money, then someone else has a big say in how you can utilize that slot of time. Hence, the use of one's time is still a balancing act. Balance it well and you'll have a good dosage of freedom :-)
NB: I'm giving time a rating of +4 and not +5 because although time is limited, it is simply a measurement. How one measures it is according to how one chooses to live one's life. It is the choice that should get a +5 and not time per se. A lot of time is not necessary a good thing for any individual ;-)
Carl Sandburg US biographer & poet (1878 - 1967) "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." As we come to the end of another year and think about New Year's Resolutions the subject of "time" immediately comes to mind. For me the above quotation from Carl Sandburg seems to succinctly sum up the predicament … more
We may squander away the money and we see the aftereffects. With time though, it simply slips by, bit by bit, day by day, until one day when we finally realized how much time has gone by. Oh no, it's too late then! We missed all those opportunities. It's been said "We are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss"... We lose time, we lose opportunities, and we lose our chance to define ourselves right! It's time to take stock of time. Real important, must remember this … more
Time is a component of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify the motions of objects. Time has been a major subject of religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a non-controversial manner applicable to all fields of study has consistently eluded the greatest scholars.
In physics as well as in other sciences, time is considered one of the few fundamental quantities. Time is used to define other quantities – such as velocity – so defining time in terms of such quantities would result in circularity of definition. An operational definition of time, wherein one says that observing a certain number of repetitions of one or another standard cyclical event (such as the passage of a free-swinging pendulum) constitutes one standard unit such as the second, is highly useful in the conduct of both advanced experiments and everyday affairs of life. The operational definition leaves aside the question whether there is something called time, apart from the counting activity just mentioned, that flows and that can be measured. Investigations of a single continuum called spacetime bring questions about space into questions about time, questions that have their roots in the works of early students of natural philosophy.
Among prominent philosophers, there are two distinct viewpoints on time. One view is that time is part of the fundamental structure of the universe, a dimension ...