It’s time

by | Jun 10, 2003 | Archives

Actually we could say that time and space are life. Every great economic invention has reduced this. Every time saving device gets us busier so we have less…time? See why below…

Austrian economist, Joseph Schumpeter, is famous for pointing out that humanity has moved through numerous eras of innovation. The first came with the invention and expansion of water power. Then steam power changed the world. Next came the internal combustion engine and then telephone, TV, air travel and then electronics, computers and the Internet fueled information era.

Each of these industrial revolutions sparked added productivity, social upheavals, new ways of living, thinking, traveling and such. Each era made society more efficient and changed the way we eat, work, sleep, live, practice religion and politics, gather our families, spend, etc. If we boil all this evolution down to one thing we can see that mankind has continually reduced his dimensions of time and space. Each new invention made time less important and space less of an obstacle. The train allowed us to cross our nations in hours or days instead of weeks or months. The telephone reduced the time for information to seconds instead of days and weeks. TV added pictures and now the airplane gets us anywhere there in hours. Yet this brings on inflation. As we have more of anything it becomes worth less. So is time worthless now? Seems so sometimes, doesn't it? Seems as if we have so much to have, see and do that the time we have is never worth enough.

So what is time worth? A note sent to me by my cousin from Oregon made me sit up and rethink my time, that it must be shared here with you.

"REALIZE  To realize the value of ten years: Ask a newly divorced couple.  To realize the value of four years: Ask a graduate.  To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.  To realize the value of nine months: Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.  To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.  To realize the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.  To realize the value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.  To realize the value of one minute: Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.  To realize the value of one second: Ask a person who has survived an accident.  To realize the value of one millisecond: Ask a person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.  Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it With someone special.  To realize the value of a friend: Lose one. 

May your time always be enough!