worth and wealth

What if we lived in a world where your wealth wasn’t counted by how much money you earned, but by how much time you had spare? After you have done all the things you need to do (sleep, eat, clean, work to earn enough to pay for what you need) how much time is left over?

This would lead to a much healthier work-life balance for more people and to a re-assessment of values. Success wouldn’t be about earning lots of money, but enabling you to do other things: spend time with your family & friends; volunteering for a charity; enjoying yourself.

Wouldn’t this also be a much more useful comparator between people, and especially between different communities and civilisations? It would be interesting to see how a city worker in London compared to a Pacific islander on this scale!


    • That’s a good point Rachel, although I assume that it would be difficult to precisely define what you (or anyone else) have to do and what you chose to do, especially around spending time with children (or significant other).

      Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

  1. I was interested in your thoughts. Some of us actually do strive to live in the world you talk about – my husband and I have chosen not to work full-time so we have time to do more of the important things in life rather than just being driven by work. The balance isn’t always perfect, but the intention is there and it reflects our belief that people’s value is not measured by how rich, important and busy they are. As the saying goes, no one gets to the end of their life and wishes they’d spent more time in the office.

  2. […] PDRTJS_settings_485191_post_213 = { "id" : "485191", "unique_id" : "wp-post-213", "title" : "what+do+I+want%3F", "item_id" : "_post_213", "permalink" : "http%3A%2F%2Fclarileia.wordpress.com%2F2010%2F06%2F03%2Fwhat-do-i-want%2F" } I recently started reading Chris Guillebeau’s blog on The Art of Non-Conformity: Unconventional strategies for life, work and travel and have found it really interesting and thought-provoking. It is challenging me to think about what I really want to do and where I want to be going. I have some ideas, but nothing concrete yet, as it’s tied into my previous comments about who I am and the balance of free time and money. […]

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