If timesaving devices really saved time, there would be more time available to us now than any other time in history.

Black Cat, Meditating

Black Cat, Meditating

Practically speaking, if timesaving devices really saved time, there would be more time available to us now than any other time in history. But, strangely enough, we seem to have less time than even a few years ago. It’s really great fun to go someplace where there are no timesaving devices, because, when you do, you find that you have lots of time. Elsewhere, you’re too busy working to save money for machines that save you time so you won’t have to work so hard.

The main problem with this great obsession for Saving Time is very simple: you can’t save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly. The Bisy Backson has practically no time at all, because he’s too busy wasting it by trying to save it. And by trying to save every bit of it, he ends up wasting the whole thing.

from The Tao of Pooh, Bisy Backson
by Benjamin Hoff (1946 – )

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One Response to “If timesaving devices really saved time, there would be more time available to us now than any other time in history.”

  1. Daisy Says:

    So true. many so-called “time-saving” devices actually dumped the chores that had been shared onto one person, making them more time-consuming over all.

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