In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure.
Lost time is never found again.
We all know that our time is valuable. But do we know how valuable?
What if I told you, that the time you think you have doesn't even exist?
What if I told you, that you are literally wasting your life away?
Statistically, you are.
A gentleman knows that time is of the essence. At all times, his minutes, hours, days, must be spent in fruitful pursuit. There is no such thing as "free" time, for all time is equal in cost. For every wasted minute, for every day you lounge around, you are paying for it with your life.
Knowing full well that none of us will live forever, why do we continue to spend our time doing such nonsensical things like playing angry birds or watching terrible reality television? Why in the world do we not realize that even the phrase "killing time" is terrifying and misleading. We are not killing time; time is killing us. And if we don't use the time, it still kills us. Imagine the worst possible cell phone plan possible: no rollover minutes, no discount for friends and family, and if you don't use your minutes, they cost you your life. That's time in a nutshell.
Relatively speaking, time slips away faster with every passing day. And yet, it would appear that with every new development in technology, we are spending less time enjoying what exists all around us and more time doing our best to ignore it.
When walkmen hit the scene, we stopped hearing.
When handheld devices came out, we stopped seeing.
It's gotten to the point where if we want to experience the world we are going to have to start licking and smelling it, because our hands, eyes, and ears are far too busy to enjoy it.
Taste, and smell are all that remain for technology to overcome before we can ignore the physical world in its entirety. Think how efficiently we can "kill time" then.
It is the nature of the human brain to seek out entertainment. And it is the nature of the modern brain to seek it out in the easiest way possible. We have gotten lazy, spoiled, and numb. Where 50 years ago, our grandparents would have gone out into the world to seek out stimulus, we instead sit on a couch, drink condensed sugar, and waste our time in the hopes that stimulation will come to us. We even put televisions in our cars so we don't have to deal with the annoyance of our children. This way, not only can we preserve our sanity by not having to talk to them, but we can also give our kids the head start we all love to scream and yell about. You see, now that Frozen can be playing 24/7, no matter where they are, the next generation will be incredibly adept at ignoring life. Forget about the school systems, the kids are learning everything they will ever need at home. Have a question? Ask the cell phone. Bored? Look at the cell phone! Lonely, sad, happy, tired, no matter what the emotion, there's an app for that. And since we can't bring ourselves to engage them, they will be even better at wasting time than us, and it will be entirely our collective fault.
I don't know about you, but with the small amount of time we have here, I say put that phone down, take off your google glass, remove those damn ear buds and let's take a walk and have a conversation. Let's teach our children to observe and instill in them excitement for the physical world.
We wonder why teenagers won't engage the world anymore. We stand agog while they wander around in packs, staring into their hands. Allow me to enlighten you. They do this because we have raised them in headphones and ipads. It is all these kids know. From the time that they first exhibited boredom in a restaurant, we have intentionally removed them from society in the attempt to make our own lives easier. Instead of teaching a child how to interact with a polite group of people, instead of training them in self restraint, respect, and discipline, we choose to tuck them away into headphones and portable screens. They would be better off at home with a sitter who at least might read to them.
But why would we expect our kids to engage in conversation instead of hiding in the digital world? We do it to ourselves as well don't we?
We teach by example and when your son or daughter watches mommy or daddy playing some mind numbing technology instead of broadening their mind, what lesson are we teaching? What lesson are we teaching when instead of playing games together, singing songs, or holding a conversation, we turn the television on and then put headphones on the child so we can all exist on separate planes?
Why can't you be bothered to raise your child?