Wednesday, January 14, 2004

The Fool's Thought Of The Day: Time As A Commodity

Dion's post has a point: Time is a limited commodity. Everyone has their shares. And we can't create more of it. Because of that, too many people have regrets about not using time effectively. The idea and fantasy of building a time machine bloomed because of the same reason. On the other hand, there are those who believe that either they have nothing to do, or their lifes suck so bad that time doesn't matter.

Am I the only one who sees the connection here? If time is a limited commodity, like gold, platinum, or fossil fuels, then why not trade it off? I think scientist should focus on making time-trading possible, instead of pursuing other unreliable inventions such as time-traveling machines (you change something, you create a parallel universe. Too many complications).

You don't have enough time? Buy some. Life sucks? Sell all the time you had. And enjoy the last hour spending your new wealth. Last second regrets? Buy back a few days. Solution to everyone.

Philosophical Questions of The Day: If that happens, will there be a black market for time? Or will time-trading be much like stock exchange? Because let's face it... the value of a person's time differs from another's. A single second of Bill Gates, for example, worths US$300. So, theoretically, he'll have to spend a LOT more greenbucks if he wishes to buy another people's time than, let's say... isman, who'll prolly get an extra couple of hours for free.

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