‘Time is Money’ is the well-known motto in our society recently. Nobody can deny that time becomes a more valuable thing; sometimes we even value time more precious than friendship and relationship. Some even value time as precious as gold, ‘Money is Gold’. Anyway, do you notice that the value that people use to describe how valuable time is something visible such as money and gold than something invisible but really valuable such as kindness, love, care, etc. Human being is indeed a materialistic creature!!
Our value towards time can be seen in the reality that people love everything in instant manners; instant food, instant weight reduction, instant richness, instant friendship, instant marriage, instant relationship, instant…instant…instant…
Technology seems able to make it true. In terms of domestic duties, the mothers do not need to spend much time in cooking, doing laundry, ironing, and cleaning the house. In terms of transportation, the government puts lots of efforts in inventing the fast and convenient public transport to avoid traffic jam that can save time for the workers. In terms of telecommunication, people do not need to travel millions miles to talk to someone, just press the telephone/mobile’s buttons people can speak to other people in an instant. Recently, internet is a tool to have very instant and cheap communication. Therefore, we get used to instant things…including instant noodle, hehe… that makes us hate waiting… In many notices and announcements of events, ‘xxx sharp’ is common additional information meaning ‘don’t make us wait!!’
So what to say? Is technology that promotes time efficiency bad? Well, I am not saying that. There are many positive things as the results from saving time. For instance, time efficiency can increase the productivity, that’s for sure. If our saved time can be used to something useful, that’s also great!! However, there are also negative effects of the ‘instant’ culture, we become impatient and always hope that everything can run in an instant even though in reality there are certain things that cannot work in an instant, such as relationship that needs time to be able to grow properly.
Another thing that we lose in this instant era is that we cannot enjoy every process. We seem always in a rush!! We miss the beauty of waiting and process that can shape our character!! When something does not happen in the time that we expect, we tend to cry out in despair after all the efforts we made look do not give any results as hoped. But read these words below, hope that helps:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11)