Meaning is inextricably tied to time management. One must have time in order to put into practice his meaning he believes he is pursuing. If one pursues a path, it is not a path of a hundred feet, but rather a lifelong journey of an infinite number of miles. Will he stray from his path from time to time or maybe linger? Yes he will, but the important step is that he sees the err of his ways and gets back to what he knows his self to be. Value? The importance of value to time management as well as meaning is not spoken of with enough emphasis. In order to find your meaning look at what you value. In order to find what you want your meaning to be one must change what he values. In order to change ones values to find more meaning one must alter one’s time management. In order to alter ones time usage towards more value one must understand how one uses his time. It cannot be said enough, the only truly important questions one can ask, are those to do with the self. Before one can go searching for things to help with the fulfillment of one’s life, one must know what one is so he knows what he is fulfilling. As an example, if one has a child with his girlfriend, what is it that this couple seeks to have happen with this child? What sort of hole is this to fill within the individual man that he is lacking? If time is not only limited individually, but exponential across populations (85 years of time multiplied by 7 billion individuals), then is having a child multiplying time? Who loses out on the time that is newly created, the child or the parent? Who has time to learn about his self within the dynamic of a family, if time is seen as shared, as well as if the man or woman must now spend the time that heretofore had been his or hers with the child? If the parents must spend time raising a child, worrying about his health, teaching him to communicate, teaching him “right” from “wrong,,” feeding him, waking up at all hours with him, as well as having a job, and “couple” time, where is it that the individual time comes from? Would it even be possible that the enlightened individual, the individual walking a path, the individual awakened to the illusions of the world, the individual who understands actions and its consequences, the individual who realizes change is the fundamental rule of life, would this individual even have sought to reduce his precious time, his contemplation time to zero, in order to raise a child in this overpopulated, totalitarian, rule-governed world? Why would he do that? What is so magical about time and what is its relation to the individual’s meaning? If there were a list of ingredients that went into creating an atmosphere for beings to use their rational minds to achieve realization upon some lonely world,, what would they consist of?
Limited Space. They could not go anywhere they dreamed. It would appear they could, but there would be definite boundaries. What are earthling’s boundaries defined by? Gravity. Atmosphere. Oxygen. Who’s space is this? Ours, their, yours, mine?
Limited Time. They do have an eternity to figure out their individual meaning. Collectively no meaning can exist, and since man does not learn from history, one cannot say that man’s history has been an accumulation of species knowledge. Is time singular possessive or is it a communal possession?
If this was how it was all started, with unlimited limited space and time, with man able to reach run climb swim hike his way throughout the globe, seeing life up close, what was it that made it all change to what we have now? And which is better? Whose imagination can really answer this question thinkingly, contemplatively, empathizing with one’s prehistoric relations? Were we meant to drive, to fly, to type, to stare at lighted boxes all day, listening to synchronized noise, dressed all fashionably in our masters wardrobes? If one were to add up all the time one wanted to have in one’s life, find a 20-30 year window of his prime years, calculating all the while on how much one sleeps in an average year, how much one goes to the bathroom in an average year, how much one spends eating in an average year, how much one spends thinking about eating and grocery shopping in an average year, how much one spends watching television in an average year, socializing in an average year, driving a car in an average year, working in an average year, and other distractions from the self in an average year, then one can have a rough idea, yearly, that if he chose to, he would have all to himself to contemplate the self. But would he, does he choose to use that time for his self? Does he write about his self, his realizations, his musings, his thoughts, building upon the steps and actions and calculations that can be strengthened within the world of the mind? Or does he not have time to do that?
What about time analysis on a micro level? We just analyzed an easily figured macro level of life, but now let us analyze the tiny processes that occur within the larger processes. Why is it that one spends so much time in the car per year? What is it that he does in the car? How does he view riding in the car? Does he view it as a luxury, as a sanctuary where he can be with his thoughts? Can he really be thinking his own thoughts, or is it really the passing scenery, the outer world around him that gives birth the stimuli and emotions that he mistakes for thoughts? If he looks at his time in his car (and time is of a limited amount to man, and before cars man could travel as he pleased, unimpeded with traffic, able to move as fast as the horse would carry him, or as slow as his feet would go, then there most definitely could have been thought processes occurring of his own creation) and he realizes he is in his car to get from point A to point B, and point A to point B is of the fixed distance X, then there is a value to the amount of time that it can take to reach the destination. If X is 15 miles, and a car can go reasonably within its area of speeds up to 100 mph, then he could believe that he could be able to cross the distance in a maximum of 10 minutes barring no obstacles. Yet, there are plenty of obstacles is there not? And what are we to make of these obstacles, these speed limits, these stop signs, these traffic lights, these other cars following these traffic lights, these traffic laws? If this distance we are trying to cross has posted speed limits of 35 mph, there are 15 traffic lights, and the time of day we need to be there is in the morning with others are crisscrossing to their destinations as well, our 15 minute drive may very well have turned into a 35 minute drive. And what if we have to make this same drive later in the day, another 35 minute drive that should really take 15? Well, it would appear that we have lost 40 minutes on this particular day. Would it make sense to multiply this figure by 365. the total is 14,600 minutes PER YEAR we would be wasting just from doing as we are told, in respect of one snapshot of two driving episodes we experience daily. That comes to 243.3 Hours wasted per year. Multiply that by 40 years and we come to 9,733 hours wasted just from a routine drive to and from work. Imagine what it looks like if we add up the wasted minutes in driving to the store, the mall, the movies, on vacation, to church, to school (sooo much time is wasted for the young, it might as well almost be said that schooling is a complete waste of the first 18-24 years of one’s life, as this is when they learn that it is acceptable to waste their time, this is when they lose their yearning and fascination to know the self) to the bars, to pick up a weed sack, to do any a number of things one does in the car. What is trying to be illustrated is that time is wasted because individuals do not VALUE their time, do not VALUE their selves. If you did, you would not let others dictate to you that you must waste X amount of minutes per day for the sake of “safety” for the sake of the “law.”
The real critical issue is that in order to understand a problem, one must first realize there is a problem, and then see how it applies to his self. Where that leads is that people do not consider Time Wasting to be a problem. In their minds “it is what it is….” Confrontation, rational confrontation that is, has been eliminated from their mental vocabulary. They are left with its shell, emotional confrontation, and rational thinking and emotional reacting are not of the same species, squares do not fit into circles, Rational, logical confrontation would lead one to compute the variables that must go into creating a viable contemplative life. If I want X, then at some point Z must be subtracted from T, A must be replaced by B, and I must make sure D, M, or P remain outside my exposure, as well as only allowing F to guide my actions. Emotional confrontation guy only sees the colors of his feelings, and the colors highlight his moods, his mornings, his days, his evenings, and the days filled with a light blue are better than the fiery red nights of chaos. Red fades into blue fades into green fades to black, and life is not a collection of stones on a path over the surface of ones interaction with his surroundings, the choices he makes, the actions he doesn’t make, but it is a blur of smiles, tears, laughter and rage. Those who believe they have found the key to life, FEEL that way because they only allow themselves to be in the blue, (problems require rational analysis, not feeling feeling, hence no problems ever occur to the feeling population. they say time? what is that?) for they block all the rest out, feeling that life is about a happy face, a cartoon skin hanging flimsily upon a broken pile of bones, moving from one point to the next without any fragment of a mind, doing what one is told, rather than moving in harmony with the code one has thought through, the path one has built into the core of his being through finding the tools to build with, through studying what he is not good at and not doing those things, through an understanding that there are no universals, no collective rights and wrongs, only individual meanings, and there is only one way to true meaning: Proper use of Limited Space and one’s limited time.
For further mind benders: What role does language play within all this? For more please digest Saussure’s A Course in General Linguistics, as well as anything by Jakobson.