The Value of Time
The true problem of capitalism is the assumption that things have value. What this value is can be assigned in different ways. A chest of drawers has a lesser value than this laptop I am writing on due to the intricacy and detail of the value of prescribed processes it takes to make a certain object.
What astounds me is that the value assigned to people is different. Take footballers for example, who can be valued from nothing to hundreds of millions, purely because they can kick a ball around or be physically fitter than the next best person.
It’s incredible that people and objects are valued at different standpoints. If you take a car for example, it is less than the sum of its whole; the sum of all its parts is less than the complete picture; the sum of the man hours taken to paint the Mona Lisa in perfection is less than the whole; the sum of the football team is probably more than the value of the entire club.
In a more detailed aspect of the car, each part has a value. The more intricate and detailed the part, or the more knowledge in its makeup, the higher the value of the part. So each car is made up of varying degrees of similar parts, so why is one car a different value from another car? It’s badge. The types of materials it’s made from etc. It’s ridiculous. Capitalism at its finest depletes the working force of their power purely because the more expensive, expansive and knowledgeable the workforce, the higher the profit a car can be sold for, therefore the higher the loss in value the workers receive as they are paid disproportionately from brand to brand.
What matters more is the value of time. Each part takes a differing amount of time to make. The more intricate and knowledgeable the makeup of the part, the more the value of the part. Wrong. The time taken to make a part dictates the value of the part, combined with the above. A catalytic converter costs more to make because of the prescribed value of platinum within its make up than say, an odometer.
The constitution of the value of time is ingrained within every aspect of a workers life. Effectively, an hourly paid worker can be paid more than a salary paid worker if they spend more time working. Time is paid differently via different jobs/job roles/expertise. The average CEO will work less hours than the immediately below board members, but earn more.
So I pitch you this. How valuable is YOUR time? Take a minute, breath and look around at the incredibly intricate, complex makeup of the earth, that was given to you for free. You were born for free and will certainly die for free, so how much of your time on this earth is for free. It takes a few minutes to influence a person for the positive, so why not try and talk to someone you don’t know and make them feel more positive about life for free, every single day. If not, then no loss. The only negative is that every single one of us falls foul to a system that values our time on this earth above everything else.
Our time on this earth, this earth, this nature, this universe and its complexities was bestowed on each of us for free, so let’s observe it at the same cost. You are worth more than your job. So live small, and as freely as you can. You can be free of this system if you want if you just look around.
Your time on this earth is limited but it’s for free, so see as much of it as you can. Try and influence people for the better if you can. It’s all we have as people. Observe nature and climate in its purest form and seek nothing better. Jobs mean nothing; they prey upon our time on this earth and assign values to it as if they are worth nothing more than currency.
Wealth is not a form of value; experience and time is. Spend your time wisely, it is a currency that is limited and finite. Once it is gone, it is gone. It cannot be made up. Be wise and frugal with your spending, but above all, give some away, lend it to people as much as you can. Time will give back to you. Live small and spend as little as you can on yourself.
But mostly, spend time with, and on, people and experiences you know will matter. Time is a currency, the only currency, you will ever need.