If Time Was Currency, What Would You Accomplish

Last week I watched Justin Timberlake’s newest hack job, In Time. The premise of this flick was actually thought-provoking. Instead of money ruling the world, every single aspect of life and society is on a time schedule. Literally. As a microcosm to what’s going in our real world, the movie plays itself out to be a little ho-hum and idyllic. It’s 1 of those movies that gets lost in the box office shuffle because its specific purpose is to mirror current events. So if you haven’t seen it, here’s the basic story line…

Budgeting for time separates the wolves from the sheep

In the spirit of this whole “Occupy _____” movement, the set up of the movie is that the rich are immortals who stop aging at 25. They have all the time in the world in which they distribute hundreds of years worth of time amongst each other through primarily poker games. The poor, in contrast, are living hour  to hour trying to survive off bartering in the community and receiving trinkets of  time at the city’s mission. They even have a bank where people have to pay back the time they borrow with interest. There’s a particular scene where Timberlake is introduced to a wealthy man in a bar in the fast-paced part of the city. The man is living it up like a slow-mo Hype Williams video. He has time to blow and h0s to spend it on. He’s been blessed to have over 100 years worth of currency, which gives him the incredulous sense of invincibility. The exchange that occurs from this meeting made me think of the quote “the man with no time has alot of money, but the man with a lot of time has no money”.

I feel like as a culture, we waste so much currency supporting things that won’t matter a year from now. I mean, just look at the figures from Black Friday. While the ordinary population of us were/are crying broke and blaming Obama for there being no jobs worried about employment, retail sales were up from last year. Thousands of dudes in metropolitan cities were sporting the new Air Jordan 3s that dropped. We took time out of our day and spent money we didn’t really have to make the pockets of corporate America a little bit thicker. Numbers don’t lie and based on the fact that hundreds of people camped outside of stores like Best Buy and Walmart for hours, we clearly don’t value the time we spend spending money. We all want change, yet very few are willing to assert themselves to be catalysts for change.

I pondered this for nearly a week. I made a list of 5 expensive items I own (excl. necessities like a car and apartment). I chose my sneaker collection (which probably has a value of $7500), my Michael Kors watch ($250), my Hugo Boss overcoat ($575), my onStar gps system ($400), and my monthly cell phone bill ($2400 per year). Adding it all up, it comes out to be $11, 125. Now if I assign $1 to represent an hour’s worth of time, it comes out to be 464 days.

I’ve spent a year’s worth of time on 5 overly priced items that I don’t need!

That bothered me.

Life can only be experienced in a forward direction. We’ll never fully understand the movie that is our life until we’re lying on our death bed, alone with our thoughts. We all make decisions, that’ll either help or harm us in term’s of time. For instance, we’ve all ended a relationship and the 1st afterthought pretty much is “I can’t believe how much time I wasted with that person.” You don’t think about the gifts you bought, trips you paid for with your savings, why? Because money will always be there. But the time you spent you can’t earn it back.

So I ask you…if you had 168 hours (1 week) in your life’s account, what would you spend it on? Taking hustlin for more time out of the equation, could you do enough in 1 week that would allow you to die satisfied with the life you’ve lead thus far?

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2 comments

  1. i will try to to find a way to make myself live for 1000 years.
    but i think that wont happen because you need workers to do jobs so why shorten their lifespan

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