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Nov 10

Isn’t It About TIME?

We are all infinite spiritual beings having a human experience in finite physical bodies. We come into this world with no possessions and we leave with none; however, through the course of our lives we acquire knowledge and have experiences that shape and mold us over time. These intangible attributes we possess ultimately define the value we bestow upon society and not the material goods we have amassed over the course of our lives. There is an old saying that we are all equal in the eyes of God. Yet, tell that to a poor man cleaning the toilet of a billionaire. Can we legitimately measure the value of one person’s knowledge and skills over another’s without bias? In essence, is my time, your time, an actor’s time, a politician’s time, a banker’s time, an athlete’s time, any more valuable than any other human being’s time?

In our complex global economy it is very difficult to survive without money (I know there are people doing it and it is possible but that is an entirely different topic.) I have been giving the concept of money some thought for a while now trying to determine what it exactly means for me, or anyone for that matter. I’ve often heard that money is nothing more than energy, but I think it goes a little deeper that. In my eyes, money is a measurement of our time and energy. Consider this, if you strip away all the intricate workings of our financial systems it all boils down to an exchange between one individual and another. I want something you have, whether it be a physical item or a service you provide, so I offer you something in return. A long time ago bartering was used to exchange goods or services, and still is in some cultures today. However, in most parts of the world money has since taken the place of bartering and is used as a way to exchange each of ours’ time and energy. Any way you slice it, we use our time and energy whether we are offering a service or providing a physical item for something in return. If you provide financial advice for someone you are using your time and energy. If I grow food in my garden and sell it at a farmers market it takes my time and energy to do so. If a person goes into the forest and cuts down a tree and builds a chair from the wood, they are using their time and energy. If you work for a paycheck you are using your time and energy. Even a Wall Street banker goes to work and uses his or her time and energy (don’t hate me for saying that.)

If you have taken notice of the world economic crisis and the colossal wealth disparity between the rich and poor you have no doubt realized something has went terribly wrong along the way. I won’t pretend to know when or how it happened but it is clear that the world’s system of wealth is grossly lopsided. When was it decided that the time and energy of the world’s wealthy individuals was much more valuable than any of ours? I’ll tell you when, when anyone decides to exchange their time and energy for anything of lesser value in return. For example, a person works their butt off all week in a hot miserable factory to earn a paycheck and exchanges half their earnings to buy tickets to a sporting event where grown men are highly overpaid to play with a ball. Or perhaps a family purchases a house and pays an overinflated market price that is nowhere near the true value of the home. How much of your time and energy do you have to sacrifice in exchange for movie theater tickets to watch very wealthy actors spew out their lines? To help you better understand this concept of your time and energy let me give you a hypothetical scenario.

Imagine waking up tomorrow and all the human made products were gone. No more beds, TVs, houses, clothes, cars, buildings, factories, etc. The only thing left on this planet was the natural resources and all 7 billion of us. What would be the first thing you would do? Would you go toil in a gold mine for several days and take your bounty to the first banker you saw in exchange for an apple he or she pulled from a tree? Wouldn’t you just go get the apple yourself? In this hypothetical situation I’m certain that the first priority for all of us would be water, food and shelter. In fact, those people with survival skills would be much more valuable than the athlete who is gifted at catching a ball or a slick talking real estate investor. If you wouldn’t be duped into an unfair exchange of your time and energy in my conjured up scenario, then why would you be duped now?

I got the idea for this post after reading and hearing about the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) event that is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon. And even though my financial status puts me in with the 99% I wanted to take an objective approach to what is happening. The protestors, who are referring to themselves as the 99%, are fed up that the 1% own 40% of the world’s wealth, and rightly so. However, who are we to blame for this financial inequality? Sure, it would be easy to point the finger at the 1% and in some case of criminal and malicious activity they are solely to blame. Nevertheless, remember my hypothetical scenario of exchanging days of laboring for gold for an apple? We are all to blame for this global wealth disparity. We of the 99% allowed ourselves to be convinced that our time and energy was of lesser value, therefore allowing the 1% to essentially prosper and thrive for a miniscule fraction of their time and energy.

Ultimately, my intention of this post isn’t to point the blame, but to help each of you understand that your time and energy as a human being on this planet is just as valuable and esteemed as anyone else’s. You may not be a professional athlete, actor, elite banker, CEO, politician, or trust fund baby but that doesn’t mean that your contribution to society should be deemed any less ambitious. As individuals, once we realize we are our own problem and solution we can empower ourselves to the point where we don’t allow others to take advantage of our time and energy. Isn’t it about TIME?

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  1. Justin | Personal Growth

    Hey Todd,
    I am digging that pic of the money, watch and gold key.

    You are right about money being a representation of energy but let’s get real, we want to be compensated on a level that we feel is appropriate and not let someone else dictate our wage.

    One important piece of advice that was given to me when it comes to being paid what you are really worth and that is: Value yourself and the money will follow.

    If the scenario that you proposed happened, I think that the Amish would be the most sought after people in the U.S. They have been living off the land and doing without all of the fancy stuff for hundreds of years.

    Some of them though have gone into business, there is a cool Amish market about 15 minutes from my house.
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Justin,

      Getting compensated for what we feel we deserve has always been a big problem for capitalist societies. What I think I deserve isn’t always in line with what my boss thinks I deserve, and so the argument continues. I think a lot of the problem lies with greed and those people who think they should be compensated simply because of who they are. Anyway, I agree with you about the Amish, I would love to take a trip to Amish country some day and check out how they live.

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  2. Adrienne

    Hi Todd,

    After reading your post I definitely have to agree with Justin on this.

    We all want to be compensated on a level that we feel is appropriate and not let someone else dictate our wage. I totally agree. But we all have to believe that we are worth it and stand our ground when asking for what we believe we are worth.

    What Justin said about “value yourself and the money will follow” is so true.

    I don’t even want to think about your scenario but I guess we would all have a lot of learning to do wouldn’t we! :-)

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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Adrienne,

      You are exactly right, we have to stand up for ourselves. It doesn’t always have to be about standing our ground on how much we earn. It can also be about how much we are spending that can also reflect how we value ourselves.

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  3. Julie | A Clear Sign

    Hi Todd,

    That is EXACTLY why I married my husband (okay, there were other reasons, too). If something went completely wrong and I was left to fend for myself and the kids, we’d be goners. My husband could deal with life, left with nothing. I’m not expecting the apocalypse, but… :)

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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      HI Julie,

      Is your husband one of those extreme survivalists? I’ve always wanted to learn those skills, but about as close as I’ve come is watching survivor shows on tv.

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      1. Julie | A Clear Sign

        Todd,

        Nope, he’s a carpenter mainly :) But he has an innate talent for medical stuff and he knows how to fix or grow pretty much anything. He can shoot, and he carries around things that are ungodly heavy all day long, plus he can use any tool. Wait – maybe he is one of those survivalists! lol Basically he is so stinkin’ smart that he can solve most any problem quickly. Unlike me. Hey, what’s he doing with me, anyway now that I don’t bring home $$$$ anymore? Well, I gave him some cute kids!
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        1. Emilia

          You are the first person who tells this or at least that I hear this from, Julie. I have always felt like this too, in so much need of a man that you can rely on! Your husband sounds pretty much perfect to me :). You are one lucky woman! LOL
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      2. James

        You are an excellent twerir even if I have thought your writing seems sad sometimes! I am so glad you are honest! The truth will set you free, is true! I love you and I am so blessed to be your Mom!

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    2. Dimas

      You are very welcome Pat! Thanks for the tuhhgotful post. My opinion of business cards is that they should be primarily used to GET business cards. Meaning, you exchange them as a way to connect later. Ask powerful questions to find out if there is a need and THEN ask for card. In essence we are asking for permission to follow up. Then follow up!Thanks again.

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  4. EleonoraEOF

    Hello Todd,
    this is truly a great share! i agree completely with you about everything. We really were born all equal in the eyes of God, and yet, exist so many unfair things in the world. Just to think of those poor kids in Africa of example, who dont have a piece of bread to eat or water to drink, and some people are taking water and food for granted. I would like that all those thing change, if only it would be possible.
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Eleonora,

      I agree, there are those in the world that take advantage of the system and then there are others who let themselves be taken advantage of.

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  5. Anna

    It is great article about money and time and position in the society. But speaking so much about money and work, we forget about escapism, and taking time for our own happiness.. Though it sounds romantic…

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  6. Antonia

    Intriguing and timely post, Todd. I agree with Justin about our time, and being valued properly for it. I’ve also spent time in gift/exchange economies whereby trading of goods was more common in my life than actual money exchanges. things are shifting. Opening up discussions like this assist the process.. :)
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Antonia,

      I agree, things are shifting and I think the beginning of this process is related to what is happening with the OWS movement.

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  7. CorinneC

    Great post! I totally agree with everything!

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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Corinne,

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my post. I checked out the link to the free energy blog and I am looking forward to reading how things progress.

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  8. Misa

    Nice thinking you got here. The first thing I would do would be to search up for abundant food supply first. Who needs money when and other materialistic resources when all of you have none to benefit from them in the situation. Imagine having the world going a reset leaving us people with just the natural resources.

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  9. farouk

    you offered some deep insights Todd
    a brilliant post!

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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Thanks Farouk.

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  10. Rocky

    That’s wonderfully profound. I’d argue that money is not scarce at all… but time is. Sacrificing time for money seems to be foolhardy.

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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Rocky,

      I know that is seems to be a crazy exchange time for money but in this current system we are in it is almost impossible not to.

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  11. Kimberly

    Great post Todd… I had to read it twice. I think somewhere in your post you alluded to a sort of time-money duality. I agree with this point. We trade our time in for money and our money if for time all throughout our lives…
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    1. Todd | Channelingmyself

      Hi Kimberly,

      Have you seen that movie “In Time” with Justin Timberlake?
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  12. Mika Castro

    I believe in time management as it helps me to arrange my daily routines and schedule.
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