Life is more than economics


The more hours you spend on something, the less you will enjoy it. Economists call it “diminishing marginal utility“.

This concept seems to highlight the fact that working long hours in the office might not be effective, but it may also posits that the more you spend your time on the things you enjoy, the less you will like it as well. So, regardless of what things one focuses on – interests, hobbies, work, studies, one will get bored pretty soon if one does not switch course soon enough.

Nothing in life is satisfying then, isn’t it?

However, this is considering things from a purely economical point of view. I put in an hour into this task, and I like it. I put in eight hours into this task, I begin to be bored with it. It would be interesting to note that there is more to life than working on things in merely economical sense. Transactional work always has their limits, because when you give something, you want something back. The process is expected reciprocation, which always calls for measuredness in giving – a recipe for disaster.

Something is missing in modern times, which is the act of giving without expectations. The thought of charity may be highly lacking among individuals in contemporary societies. Giving is the paean that sings to the meaning of life and lubricates the hardship of work. In short, we have to see our daily toil not as work but as a form of giving – and without expecting anything back. We work and give back to society happily, we bring up and educate our kids in kindness, we lend a listening ear to our friends’ distress and we volunteer to bring smiles to the people we visit.

So, life should not and could not be defined in economical terms. It would be good to remember that time and money are merely man-made constructs and should remain as such – tools for men.

“How do I better this society?” is the question everyone should ask, not “How much time should I put in to make myself happier?”

Life is, after all, an other-centric model, not a self-centric one.

We tend to forget that, sometimes.


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