Almost everything we do these days happens on the clock. Many of us may remember the cultural phenomenon of “Quality Time.” The idea that it wasn’t how much time was spent with loved ones, but rather the quality of the time spent that mattered. Such maneuvering of language and theory to accommodate our simple lack of time has caused a major challenge in the way we approach life.
If time is valuable and we equate value to money, then time is money. If time is money, and money is lacking, then the most important question to ask of an endeavor is, “how long does it take?” We want to know the needed investment, our cost, as measured against the work we have to do to cover it.
But this is a horrible question to ask about the most important work. Example: How long will it take for people to learn to love one another? Does that question even matter? Isn’t it more important that people learn to love one another, and that every possible work be done to bring this about? Who cares how long it takes. Just do get to work.