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Wage Slave Freedom: Time Isn’t Money; Time Is Life

Time Is MoneyThe whole wage-slave mantra is “time is money.”

Minimum wage is based on the hour. Overtime is (sometimes) paid for extra hours worked. Salaries are tabulated annually. Bills are paid monthly.

The connection between time and money is intricately woven in our society.

The system works well, at least for some elements of the wage-slave strata. Bosses, for example, use the time-is-money principle to dangle a carrot in front of their workers to ever-higher levels of productivity and, at times. ever-lower levels of dignity. It’s also a good way to divide workers. The time of some workers is more important than the time of other workers.

Unfortunately the whole system is a sham.

Time is not money. In so many ways…

First, time is the blood of life. It is priceless.

How can one put an hourly cost on laughing with your friends? What is the cost of watching your child play? Is there a price for watching your cat stretching in the sun on a spring morning?

Besides the shallowness of affixing a price on time,  the time-money ratio fails to recognize the non-temporal nature of wealth, especially in the exponentially-increasing technological world. An idea–a mere instantaneous flicker of neurons–can move across the world and create a trillion dollar industry. Thomas Jefferson glimpsed this when he said:

“He who receives ideas from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me”

Consider also the amazing economic power that lies just beyond our fingertips. A stock order, moving across the Internet, can be worth millions of dollars, billions of dollars or more.

That potential is there for you to use.

To free yourself from wage slavery, it’s time to see your time as priceless and your wealth potential as limitless.

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  1. May 21st, 2009 at 08:03 | #1

    I completely agree. I value my time more than anything. It’s sometimes hard for people to grasp that concept because they think leisure=lazy but that’s not true!

  2. May 21st, 2009 at 13:34 | #2

    Hi DJ–
    I hear ya.
    There’s a great line from Tim Ferris’s Four Hour Work Week and I paraphrase: For whatever reason, the world has decided to shuffle papers between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. And, I have to point out the other theory is also true: work does not = productivity.

  1. May 1st, 2009 at 01:58 | #1