The Currency of Our Lives

PerpetualTo perfect the irredeemability of my sanctification (see previous post) and to perfect my digital apostasy, I questioned time.

Time left unchecked, time run amok, time spiraling away into nothingness, degrades into chaos. The wider the bandwidth, the more feverish the download speeds, the less time we have to spare, until we find ourselves dangling precipitously at the edge of a life swallowed up gigabytes at a time.

In our recklessness, we heedlessly fritter away our hours, the currency of our lives, bankrupting our life-clocks until we have nothing left with which to ransom even a nanosecond.

How to correct this?

One must fastidiously fast from the faster.¹ There is in this philosophy a warp of thought often unexamined. Velocity is a duo, quantity (distance, megabytes, whatever) and time. Greater acceleration is the bearer of an addictive and deceptive delusion: the more one has the more one wants, and the more one thinks less time is required to get what one wants. And yet, the truth remains that the more you get of the one, the less you have of the other. Time is the price of quantity and vice versa. The faster the computer, the faster the Internet speed, the slower things run and the less time you have. Nothing in life is free.

The oft-quoted phrase "time is money" is, I think, unprofitable. Time is not money! That's far too financial and crass a posture to take for something as invaluable as time. It smacks of consumerism and corporatism, and they are anathema to time. Time is not so prosaic. Time is, if I might repeat myself, the currency of our lives. That is the acumen which ought to govern how it is spent.

Yesterday is today's guide and tomorrow's teacher.

is time unearned, but that does not mean it cannot or should not be planned for.

however, is the currency (the current) of NOW! It must be redeemed immediately; no other option exists. It must be spent as urgently (and as frugally) as it is earned. Today cannot be banked; once spent it is lost forever.
Perpetual. Image courtesy of Ghetu Daniel.
¹ Take time away from the computer and the Internet.

2 comment(s):

gypsyharper said...
December 14, 2009 5:46 PM

Fast from the faster - I like it. I've been spending far too much time lately playing Facebook games. What was once a minor diversion has become a major time-suck. Since I would rather not waste my life on pointless diversions, I must find some kind of balance.

g d townshende said...
December 14, 2009 5:53 PM

:D I'm glad you enjoyed this, Leslie. I had lots of fun writing it.

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