Friday, 25 August 2017

The Politics of Time

We all know that one person, they are either always late or always mentioning how there aren't enough hours in the day.

The human race developed the idea of time as a way to measure the course of a day and as such allow society to perform. Time gave people an ability to track progress and in doing so, it opened up new vistas for society to advance itself and better manage itself.

While the concept of time within a society allows that society to function effectively, it also provides an interesting conundrum to the average person. We never have enough time and the time we do have is usually spent either working directly for money or in order to allow our households to continue functioning. While we manage our time as effectively as possible, people on average are not very good at putting time aside for actual living, which can really make you question if time management in the modern sense, is really just life management?

When it comes to the political sphere, time can be both a saint and a demon. We utilize time to effectively monitor our Political Road Map, in the sense of initiatives, projects and legislation being put into effect. Each government in our democracy has time allocated to it, which usually translates into a 4 year term via majority rule or less in the case of a minority.

When you throw in the advancements in automation that are approaching society, one further has to look at how time will change. Will we still be required to work as much, when our time can be cut down significantly with the assistance of an automated process or machine? How will employment and daily life balance, when people will no longer be required as much as they are currently?

Political philosophers usually argue that what is best for the masses is the direct responsibility for a government. In a world where employment is not as time consuming, will our government be able to properly facilitate other initiatives that will allow people to still maintain a high quality of life, while also receiving a paycheque with reduced work time?

This is where I look at the idea of a basic income in order to not only supplement those out of traditional work, but also assist those, who will inevitably be left with a much smaller work day as a result of changes in our economy.

In fact, it is estimated that workers in Canada may very well be on their way to a 6 hour work day, leaving more time for them to spend with family and to generally live their lives. The decrease in income will have to be made up via better quality work or through a system that bumps people up to ensure their quality of living isn't diminished.

Taking a look at time via a macro lens, one can question if we even have enough of it to truly determine our own Road Map, before having to enter the work force and provide for ourselves. With the requirements of good education, people can no longer expect to being truly working and living until their mid to late 20's in most cases.

So we know that our economy and society is continuing to always change. We all have that one friend who struggles to find enough hours in the day or we are that friend. We know that obtaining the right education and having a good job will be necessary to adapt to the changes our economy will soon be facing and all the while, we still only have the one life to fit it all in and still make time for family, friends and our own living.

How does the politics of time affect you? Do you feel you have adequate time to balance your life or are we all doomed to not have true control over our own time management?

These were some of my thoughts, but I am curious to hear your inputs on this as well! 

-The Political Road Map