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Money Is Time

Universal currency based on time units
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People often say that time is money. However, whereas most currency units are based on multiples of ten, time as used for most purposes is based on widely variable but often quite sensible multiples such as sixty, twenty-four and so on. Later on, this does succumb to the decimal, though as I've mentioned before that is our probably quite irrational choice.

People are often paid per unit of time, and there is such a thing in some countries as a minimum wage. However, we lose touch with what that is if we are paid more or less than that sum per unit of work.

Enter time currency. People at minimum wage are paid in hours, i.e. an actual unit of currency referred to as an "hour", divisible into sixty "minutes", each themselves divisible into sixty "seconds". The next unit up is of course the "working day" of eight hours, assuming that should be fixed as a standard. Five (again this is arguable) of those make a "working week" and so forth.

This is an international currency. Consequently, all wages are based at the same minimum, where there is a minimum wage. The cost of many goods and services is based on how much time it took to make or provide it, although that's again a minimum.

Loads of flaws in this of course. Do your worst.

nineteenthly, Apr 25 2017

In Time https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Time
Movie with the premise that time has become the universal currency. [xaviergisz, Apr 25 2017]

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