Time

Time is a funny thing. It is something that doesn’t exist but we try to measure it all the time. “I don’t have enough time” as if it was something we could hold in our hand, or “I’m running out of time” as if time were like water, or “Time is money” which sees time in a system of monetary terms. Time is the most pervasive thing in our every-day lives but we rarely give it any real thought. We take time as this omnipresent entity that is eternal, which dissuades us from ever questioning it.

Does time exist? According to Elias’ article on time, he sees time a social institution in which people learn how to act and behave according to time. It is something that regulates human beings and allows our society to function in-sync. By this, members of society learn how to regular his or her behavior by the institution of time. For example, employers use time to make sure that their employees come to work on time or for teachers to expect their students to be at class at a certain time.

I am starting to believe that time doesn’t exist, as it is something imaginary made into reality by human beings. Time can be on the same level as abstract ideas such as “justice”, “equality”, and “morality” which are concepts that seem as real as the computer I am typing on, but have no physical entity. Sure we may think that time can be ratified as real by pointing to a clock, but the clock itself is merely nothing but another symbolic representation of time, governed on the rotation of the sun.

Does time exist? Well, without it human society would possibly be in disarray. Elias explains how complex the idea of time is, and that a society with time embedded into it is a sign of civilization. Imagine a world in where we didn’t have time governing our schedules. Without hours, minutes, seconds, days, months, and years, society would have a very difficult time working in sync together. Nobody would know when to pay their bills, when to pick up their kids from school, how long to stay at work, or even when to go to sleep.

Time does not exist. It is an abstract concept created by humans in order for it to be used as a tool to govern our social lives. It is not something that is tangible and we cannot hold it in our hands. We cannot measure how much or little time we have with a measuring cup. The seconds on a clock ticking away doesn’t show how time is passing, but rather how many more ticks is necessary for the sun to go down.

Once we learn that time is a human-created concept and not something that merely exists, can we assess how huge an effect that it has in our every-day lives and address how we can change its effect on us. About to graduate college? Take a year off. Don’t be worried that we are going to “run out of time” because time isn’t going anywhere. Time is not a clock with a knife, threatening you to move “forward” in your life and “progress” (whatever that may mean). Learn how to “take your time” with life. Enjoy the moments that you are with your friends, the soft sound of the rain, the smell of coffee in the morning, or the kisses that you share with your loved ones. These things are eternal and its effect on us cannot be measured. After all, we have all the time in the world.

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What Should I Do with my Life?

When I first came to college, I was pressured by my family to become a doctor. After all, coming from a long lineage of doctors, it seemed almost my destiny to do the same. So when choosing my major for UCLA, I chose Biology thinking that it wouldn’t be too bad. Oh, how terribly wrong I was. I hated my first quarter at UCLA in terms of classes, and I knew that I had to change my major or else I would be doomed to misery for the rest of my college career.

I then went to the career center and looked at the huge list of majors that UCLA offered. Sociology suddenly popped out at me as being something quite interesting, as I had done much social work in the past. I then announced to my family that I was changing my major from Biology to Sociology under much fear of how my family would react. Quite to my expectations, they were pissed off and thought that I was foolish for making such a decision. I told them that the major wasn’t making me happy, and simply dismissed happiness as something not important at all to the equation.

Regardless, I stood firmly by my decision and pursued Sociology. Before I knew it, I was totally engrossed into the subject. Little by little, I started to see the world in a new way, while feeling enlightened from all the new information that I was taking in. For the first time in my life, I started to actually enjoy what I was learning in school, rather than just trying to get that A. I soon started seeing past the grades and more on what I took out of classes, and if it was relevant to my life. I actually took classes that were interesting to me, rather than classes that sounded like an easy A.

I am now a senior and having another internal conflict based on what I want to pursue in my future. Law school always sounded like a half-decent default option that I was expected to go, but suddenly the field of Sociology seemed to start calling me again. Although I have had a great undergraduate experience in the field of Sociology, I feel that I have barely scratched the surface and there is just so much more to experience and learn. Therefore, becoming a professor and dedicating my life to teaching and learning more about the world around me sounded pretty appealing.

However when I told my family this decision I was once again shut down, and hard. They told me of how unreasonable it was to become a professor, how long it took, and how difficult and competitive it was. Although I did understand that there are those truths, none of them offered me their support. I then succumbed to their wishes, and decided that I would just take the LSATS and apply to law school like all of my other friends in the humanities department.

Just in the middle of this dilemma, I did the reading “What should I do with my life” and it truly opened my eyes. After just reading the experiences of a few other people facing with this ultimate question, it gave me a ton of relief knowing that I wasn’t the only person in this boat. Hearing their life stories about how they pursued their passions which led them to ultimate happiness also made a ton of sense to me.

Another question which was brought up in the reading was whether it was a better idea to earn money to support the dream, or simply to pursue the dream straight-on. If I were to become a lawyer, I probably wouldn’t earn that much money, because I would become a prosecutor or a public defender. However it would provide me with a stable job and income, while helping out the community which would bring me joy. Pursuing to be a professor, on the other hand, would be awesome because I can totally devote my life to the field of Sociology, which seems like a treasure chest full of opportunity.

However above both of these, I would definitely say my true passion is photography. I do not plan on pursuing it as a career, because I enjoy it more as an art than the commercial aspects. But on the other hand, what if I become a famous photographer and through exhibits and the sale of books, I could support myself? And perhaps in my down-time, I could help teach photography to other students? This has been another consideration too.

Although I don’t expect this course to help me in choosing my ultimate life-path, I know that it will definitely help me out. Drawing from the book “The Alchemist”, I will state the quote: “When you are pursuing your dreams, the world conspires in your favor.”