Friedrich Nietzsche in his Thus spoke Zarathustra told us a man should become a "overman" or "ubermensch" i.e. someone who believes in nihilism of universe (believing that life has no inherent meaning) and because of this, he believes that he can do whatever he wants in life. Create his own rules of life.
This idea is great but…… there are certain places where I am unable to work this idea. Life is so unfair I feel. It feels like we have all been strapped to a time bomb which keeps on ticking every second , reminding us of our mortality , time consumption , ageing and death. Every second is so precious and what I have noticed is that the average man spends his time not thinking about it as a reminder of mortality. There are a lot of instances of this where his time is spent on things which maybe take less time to complete like:
- Cooking, cleaning the room, house chores because you don’t have a maid or can’t afford.
- Waiting in car during traffic unable to do most of the things.
- Making notes for studies. Why aren’t they nicely available already? Why there isn’t a one perfect book? Writing assignment papers, copying notes onto papers. Just wastage which are later thrown in garbage.
- Changing clothes everyday
The average man doesn’t think of these activities as a waste of time, but rather, it's just like he has extra time to spend on these things. But it doesn’t mean that just because I do know these things, I am doing better, because if I do all these things, am I wasting the time of my life?
I think that I am and get stressed as to how can I make things better, but I can't make things perfect and the more I try to make them perfect, the more I feel like a robot: chained to death who is pulling me towards it, slowly. And thus, life starts to feel like a slow suicide making me get into stress, depression, inactivity and sadness.
Now, this idea of treating time like this must also mean that there is something you wish to spend it on, for example: travelling to outer space, fitness, study science, learn acting, dance, karate, parkour, party, drink, eat different kinds of food, travel.
Therefore I have the ideal scenario in my mind:
I spend each second of the time on my goals and none of it is wasted.
opposed to the reality of life:
I try to spend time on my goals of which a third or a half is spent on things I do not consider as part of my goals.
So in this contex of the meaning of life: What does "time spent" really mean?, that is, are certain activites are a waste of time or not, and doing them fast is better than doing them slow? I guess we all want to live like gods who never die, and the worst part is accepting that we are not gods, rather someone with chains all around us (of mortality, time, uncertainty, limit of strength/mind, hormones, moods, wounds, etc.).