How time is used to equalize the rich and poor

Arnold Bennett that was born in 1867. He was a philosophical writer and novelist. I will use his short book entitled "How to Live on 24 Hours a Day" as a guide to talk about using time to our advantage. Please read the first chapter of his book below and follow the directions at the end of this post.

How do you use your time?


Post #1 in the Time Series

THE DAILY MIRACLE
“Yes, he’s one of those men that don’t know how to manage. Good situation. Regular income. Quite enough for luxuries as well as needs. Not really extravagant. And yet the fellow’s always in difficulties. Somehow he gets nothing out of his money. Excellent flat--half empty! Always looks as if he’d had the brokers in. The new suit--old hat! Magnificent necktie--baggy trousers! Asks you to dinner: cut glass--bad mutton, or Turkish coffee--cracked cup! He can’t understand it. Explanation simply is that he fritters his income away. Wish I had the half of it! I’d show him--” 
So we have most of us criticised, at one time or another, in our superior way. 
We are nearly all Chancellors of the Exchequer: it is the pride of the moment. Newspapers are full of articles explaining how to live on such-and-such a sum, and these articles provoke a correspondence whose violence proves the interest they excite. Recently, in a daily organ, a battle raged around the question of whether a woman can exist nicely in the country on L85 a year. I have seen an essay, “How to live on eight shillings a week.” But I have never seen an essay, “How to live on twenty-four hours a day.” Yet it has been said that time is money. That proverb understates the case. Time is a great deal more than money. 
If you have time you can obtain money--usually. But though you have the wealth of a cloak-room attendant at the Carlton Hotel, you cannot buy yourself a minute more time than I have, or the cat by the fire has. 
Philosophers have explained space. They have not explained time. It is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible; without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. A highly singular commodity, showered upon you in a manner as singular as the commodity itself! 
For remark! No one can take it from you. It is unstealable. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.
Talk about an ideal democracy! In the realm of time, there is no aristocracy of wealth and no aristocracy of intellect. 
Genius is never rewarded by even an extra hour a day. And there is no punishment. Waste your infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you. 
Mo mysterious power will say:--”This man is a fool, if not a knave. He doesn't deserve time; he shall be cut off at the meter.” It is more certain than consoles, and payment of income is not affected by Sundays. Moreover, you cannot draw on the future. Impossible to get into debt! You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste to-morrow; it is kept for you. You cannot waste the next hour; it is kept for you. I said the affair was a miracle. Is it not? 
You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it, you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness--the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends!--depends on that. Strange that the newspapers, so enterprising and up-to-date as they are, are not full of “How to live on a given income of time,” instead of “How to live on a given income of money”!  
Money is far commoner than time. When one reflects, one perceives that money is just about the commonest thing there is. It encumbers the earth in gross heaps. 
If one can’t contrive to live on a certain income of money, one earns a little more- -or steals it, or advertises for it. One doesn’t necessarily muddle one’s life because one can’t quite manage on a thousand pounds a year; one braces the muscles and makes it guineas, and balances the budget. But if one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours a day shall exactly cover all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle one’s life definitely. The supply of time, though gloriously regular, is cruelly restricted. 
Which of us lives on twenty-four hours a day? And when I say “lives,” I do not mean exists, nor “muddles through.” Which of us is free from that uneasy feeling that the “great spending departments” of his daily life are not managed as they ought to be? Which of us is quite sure that his fine suit is not surmounted by a shameful hat, or that in attending to the crockery he has forgotten the quality of the food? Which of us is not saying to himself-- which of us has not been saying to himself all his life: “I shall alter that when I have a little more time”? 
We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is. It is the realization of this profound and neglected truth (which, by the way, I have not discovered) that has led me to the minute practical examination of daily time-expenditure.

Assignment:

Part One
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.
  1.  Re-read the highlighted section above and write a paragraph agreeing with or disagreeing with the premise outlined in the passage, and;
  2. Decide if you think technology will help or hinder your ability to use time in an advantageous way and add your thoughts to the comment. 
Part Two
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6) Publish your comment on this post



29 comments:

  1. I disagree that everyone has the same time

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  2. I agree that technology can distract but can also can make people advance in medicne and can make more advantments in things like communication.

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  3. I disagree with the " We have the same amount of time " because we don't others are born in another time and another place . But we do have time we can use it as we please it just how you use your time it could be spend on happiness, money and a lot others but it is your time . I kinda agree and disagree with the tecloggey it can hinder you but it can also be affected when you are searching how to's but it can also be distracting .

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  4. I do not think everyone has the same amount of time.

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  5. I disagree wholeheartidly with the the whole "We have the same amount of time" thing. We are all born in different times, and we are all using it and wasting it differently. Not everybody spends 3 hours on one thing. Some people spend more time and some spend less time. For example, I spend an hour on notes while my friend spends 30 minutes on notes. My friend has 30 more minutes to do more stuff in their day than I do. In addition, I do think that technology can be a distraction if abused. However, technology is innovative in its communication techniques. We spend seconds on sending a text, minutes if we are sending an email. Before technology, that communication would take hours. writing a letter, and sending it, and then waiting for a reply? That took alot of time out of people's lives. Technology is giving people more time by giving them better communication. In conclusion, no, we do not all have the same amount of time, and although, yes, technology is distracting, it is really helpful.

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  6. Based on the premise of the paragraph I agree with the idea that time is something that can't be bought or traded, it is not something that is not defined by wealth or intellect. Time is something that we need to be able to keep up with or be left behind in, what we do with our time depends on certain things but time will always continue to flow no matter what you do. Time can not be bought or sold, it is something that is priceless beyond comparison and with that it is important to do something important with your time and not waste it. I think that the use of technology can help or hinder the use of time depending on the peron. Speaking for myself i believe that the use of technology will help me utilise my time and help me get more done in a specified time limit.



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  7. I agree with it, no one can steal your time. Everyone has the same advantages in life no one ever has more than the other. There is a good amount of time you have to learn. "Genius is never rewarded by even an extra hour a day." if you look at this people may disagree. Most will even say it will make sure you have a better chance at life. Everyone has the same advantages as everyone else and Genius is never rewarded by going an hour extra a day. Genius is rewarded by always trying your best.

    Technology will not hinder and hinder at the same time. It could be helpful in most ways, but bad in some ways. It can hinder because you can just look up the work. Without technology you actually have to put forth effort. Without effort you can not achieve anything. One of the ways it doesn't hinder is that there are websites that help with your work. In all it can hinder and not hinder at the same time. It all really depends what you do if it hinders you or not.

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  8. I disagree with the chapter because you should receive as much as you put in. This way it keeps it fair the people that work harder get more and the people that don't work as hard get less.

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  9. I disagree with the statement above. For most people, if you waste a lot of time then there will be some sort of consequence. Such as getting an F on a late assignment or getting fired from a job for procrastinating. In addition, technology can become distracting if abused but if used at moderation, it can be very helpful.

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  10. I personally find that I have more time to use if I type on a computer rather than writing it all down on paper. That being said, not everyone has as much time in the day to work on everything they want to work on. Some people have a lot of things to do and sometimes they just only have time in the day to do want they NEED to do and not enough time to do what they WANT to do. So, while sometimes people have that time in the day, I personally do so much, that I often don't have the time to do everything I wanted to do that day. We may have lots of advantages that the people who came before us didn't have, but we still don't have all the time in the world.

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  11. I disagree with the "We all have the same amount of time" statement. Some people are healthier, therefore having more time to live. A certain amount of people are less fit and will not live as long.Some people die earlier than others by coincidence. The fact that all of us have limited time is true, but that we all have the same amount of time is false.

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  12. I agree with "We all have the same amount of time" because we do. We all have the same amount of time but we all choose to use it differently. But I disagree with "No one can take it from you" because people can waste your time and technically that is taking your time.

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  13. I agree that we all have the same amount of time. It is true that "no one receives more or less than you receive". It may seem as if others have more time because they have less responsibilities or things to accomplish in one day than you do but we all still get 24 hours in one day no one gets more or less. I believe that technology can helps us uses our time in a more orderly fashion. Yes, technology can be distracting when usis but if you have enough self control not to go on social media and waste your time. Technology can help us save time and get more "time" out of out day.

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  14. I think technology will not help our ability to use time in an advantageous because we have all the time we need.

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  15. I disagree with "We have the same amount of time". Not everyone has the same amount oftime, we are born at different times, we die at different times. Additionally, technology helps our society in many ways but if abused it can end up becoming distracting.

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  16. I disagree with "We have the same amount of time" everyone's schedules are different. We have time but some of it is used on priorities and some is used on leisure. I think technology can help me use my time in a productive way because technology has the ability to make work go faster. Using different shortcuts can make a difference whereas using pen and paper takes a lot longer to fix mistakes.

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  17. I disagree with most the highlighted text above. Someone can take your time, like a person who won't stop talking to you and you have to politely listen, you can't regain the time they took up. I do, however, think you can't get rewarded with more time and that there's no real punishment for wasting your time. Technology is a powerful thing and I believe that it will help us but only if we use it responsibly.

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  18. I disagree with the " We have the same amount of time" Because one guy could be taken care of his family and working all the time and not enough time to hang out with his family. Other than a guy that does not have a job an sits in his bedroom just doing nothing and he all the time in the world to do anything unlike the other guy. I agree and disagree because we need technology for work like in school other some that is snapchatting when others are working.

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  19. I disagree with the statement that nobody can take time away from you and that we each have the same amount of time because of factors that we can't control such as lifespan. I don't agree with the statement that you can't waste future time because you can sign yourself away into a contract or do something to put your life in danger; therefore, wasting future time. People can take time away from you by accusing you of a crime or leading you on with false information. We don't have the same amount of time, for people die and are born at different times and live lives of different lengths. In conclusion, they're many things I don't agree with in this article.

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  20. I disagree with the statement that nobody can take time away from you and that we each have the same amount of time because of factors that we can't control such as lifespan. I don't agree with the statement that you can't waste future time because you can sign yourself away into a contract or do something to put your life in danger; therefore, wasting future time. People can take time away from you by accusing you of a crime or leading you on with false information. We don't have the same amount of time, for people die and are born at different times and live lives of different lengths. In conclusion, they're many things I don't agree with in this article.

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  21. I disagree with the statement that nobody can take time away from you and that we each have the same amount of time because of factors that we can't control such as lifespan. I don't agree with the statement that you can't waste future time because you can sign yourself away into a contract or do something to put your life in danger; therefore, wasting future time. People can take time away from you by accusing you of a crime or leading you on with false information. We don't have the same amount of time, for people die and are born at different times and live lives of different lengths. In conclusion, they're many things I don't agree with in this article.

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  22. I agree with technology being able to help your ability to use time in an advantageous way. No one can take your time away from you. No one can take it away from you It is unstealable. And no one receives more or less time than you do. There are only twenty four hours a day so no one gets more or less. It may seem that others have more time because they have less responsibilities than you do.

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  23. I agree with the fact that time is limited. You can't buy time with money.

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    1. I agree with the fact that that time is limited. You can't buy time with money even if you had $1,000,000. If a person was late to an important meeting, they would probably get in trouble from the higher ups/managers in the meeting. If that same person pays the manager/higher up to give them another chance instead of firing them, depending on how much money it is, they may accept it, the may not. Sure, some people do anything for money, but paying them won't give you more time in the actual day.

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  24. I agree that everybody has the same amount of time. No more no Less. I agree because there are only 24 hours in a day. Nobody can change that. But you can be smarter with your time. You can do everything you need to do quickly or before its due. What ever its homework or for a job. Also, I think technology will help for the use of time because its much quicker to get things done.

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  25. I agree with the fact that you have a limited amount of time it just depends on how you use it. Rich people have more time off and more poor people don't because of there jobs so you have limited amount of time so if you have a good job you get paid alot of money to pay your bills your so it's just how you spend your time

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  26. I can agree that every body has the same amount of time, there are 24 hours in a day and that cannot be changed it just depends on how you spend it. If you chose to make good use of your time, you can become smarter, happier and it make you a better person in general.

    As far as technology, it is a very similar subject. If used productively, it can very much expand and be benificial to your time managment. However, if used as a distraction or just an excuse to procrastinate, it will heavily hinder your ability to properly manage your time.

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