How Much Time You’ve Got?

Watched the film In Time starring Justine Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried last night and thought the overall story concept was very intriguing. Its storyline is set in the future when the aging gene is switched off when people reach the age of 25. Time becomes the currency which people use for buying and selling. Their arms are embedded with an internal digital clock to keep track on how much time they’ve got, as the digits slowly tick down to zero. The rich earns “decades” and practically lives forever and their pace of life is rather slow. The poor negotiates and hurries through daily activities. They often borrow, beg or steal enough hours to survive and make it through the day.

While the movie is just so so for me, my mind was captured by its unique concept of time as the ultimate currency. I was wondering what is it like if we were to live our lives one day at a time, not being guaranteed being given another day unless we “deserve” it? We often take our years and decades for granted, procrastinating through life, living like we’re immortals. What if, like the poor in the movie, we’re kept on our toes everyday, every hour and even minutes to make every moment count? It was a sobering thought for me.

Time passes

Time is money?

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