Over the weekend, my husband and I watched “In Time” (taken out the library, so no cost there ). It stars Justin Timberlake (yes, I know, I know), and well – it was okay. There were some glaring plot holes, and it was pretty formulaic, but it was still a very interesting concept. Here’s a summary of the film cheerfully borrowed from IMDB;
Welcome to a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there’s a catch: you’re genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich “earn” decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day
It sounds like a great way to live if you’re rich. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be 25 forever (apparently, a good chunk of the people in this world are also really good looking )? But for everyone else, they are trying to make it day to day, just earning enough time to stay alive.
In one scene, 2 of the character buy coffee, and complain about how the cost has gone up (it now costs 4 minutes instead of 3). Which got me thinking – if you were literally paying for coffee with your life, would you still buy it out? I’d definitely make mine at home.
I’d have to make a lot of changes if I were paying for everything in time. No more sleeping in. No playing video games. Leisure time basically wouldn’t exist. I’d have to find a job willing to pay a lot of overtime.
How would your life change if time really were money?