Mandarin Orange


時間平等説に潜む格差について On the disparity hidden in the time equality theory





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It is said that time is given equally to everyone 24 hours a day.

This is certainly true numerically.

However, is the qualitative content of that time the same?

Even within the same university student, the quality of time available differs between Student A, who is living comfortably while receiving a generous amount of living expenses from his parents, and Student B, who works part-time for several hours almost every day to cover living expenses and tuition.

Student A is studying at a university in the United States, and is deepening friendships with other international students who have gathered from all over the world, considering the connection to future business.

Outside of school, he also receives coaching to take over the family business or gain experience as an intern at a company he was introduced to.

Student B uses a repayment-type scholarship system, so after graduating, he will have to give priority to finding a job and pay back part of his monthly salary.

Although they spend the same 24 hours, it is easy to imagine that the difference in the lives of students A and B will widen in 5 or 10 years.

Is it possible to point out that Student B's effort is insufficient for the difference?

Trains on which rails are laid require effort to move, but rails that have already been laid can be used.

If you don't have rails yet, you'll have to start by laying the rails.

First of all, I think it is necessary to be aware that time is not given equally to everyone, and to devise ways to improve the quality of the time we use.