Time – As It Was In The Beginning, Is Now, And Ever Shall Be

Before Einstein came up with his brilliant theory of relativity, the world was a much simpler place. Relativity broke the notion of ‘absolute time’ by proving that the measurement of time is relative to the observer observing it. Thus, time can no longer be generally define as a constant one way flow from past to future.

Whatever the definition of time is, the one certain thing is that time whether in a straight trajectory (like in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism) or a circular motion (like in Hinduism and Buddhism) exists. Furthermore, the movement in time (at least to what human beings are able to observe), flow in a one way direction.

Stephen Hawking stated in his book a ‘brief history of time’ that if one took a video of a glass being dropped on the floor, one can only see it shatter into pieces. By rewinding the video, you can observe how the shattered pieces reform back into the glass. But to the disappointment of my mother, (and many other mothers), this never happens in reality (I break glasses all the time).

Therefore it is prudently safe to say that time flows in a one way direction in our world (if parallel worlds existed, this might not be so). Proving the existence of time may not be a big deal (many have done so successfully) but the implications of this is more indirectly revealed.

Descartes used the notion, “I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am,” as the foundation to base his philosophy from. Similarly, the certainty in which time exist proves to us the imperfection of humanity’s physical and mental state.

It is a common misconception that a person has 24 hours a day. Though this may be scientifically true, a human being only have the amount of time which he spends on input activities like reading, and watching the news or on output activities like writing a report, working, and etc. The rest of the time is primarily and unconsciously wasted!

The time taken to travel to work from home entails a very high opportunity cost as this period of time could be used for more productive uses. Other examples involve unavoidable activities like queuing up in a bank or a government department and waiting for your food to be served during lunch time.

These unproductive activities makes the human an idle worker in the face of a continuously flowing time. Peter Drucker once said that the only resource a manager cannot control is time. While being so calculative of time may seem to take away all the joys of life (happiness can sometimes be obtained through doing unproductive things), it is important to realise that time waits for no man.

So the next time you want to complain about not having enough time, try looking back at your daily timetable and ‘find time’.

2 Responses to “Time – As It Was In The Beginning, Is Now, And Ever Shall Be”
  1. lizii says:

    god, your blog is like an intricate web :P i’m unable to read through it all in a certain order.

    anyway, i’m learning about opportunity cost. i don’t believe in it. i never think about opportunity cost and i doubt many people do. maybe that’s why i’m not rich. :(

  2. jamesesz says:

    Opportunity cost is an important concept. We must choose what we do with our limited time..And we must sacrifice the time (or any other resource) to do the things that we want.

    Surely that proves that its existence, right? But I admit that it is kind of sad to know about it..That we must make sacrifices for what we want..

    Philosophically speaking, as long as we don’t treat that the thing we forgo as a sacrifice, then there is no opportunity cost..LOL

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