In his latest endeavour Mr.Sagheer Ahmed has tried to provide us a detailed description of time. Finding the traditional concept of time ‘management’ rather unsatisfactory, he ventures to improve upon it by introducing Time Topology.
In the first chapter of his book, Mr. Ahmed tries to explain the nature of time. Using Max Plank`s and Bertrand Russell`s ideas and theories, he arrives at
a conclusion that time equals action divided by energy. Which implies that time and action are directly proportional while energy and time are inversely related. This concept of time seems to be completely innovative; and we learn about its practical implementation in the subsequent chapters. After theorizing time his own way, Mr. Ahmed focuses on how some of the great men in history used time.
The second chapter of the book differentiates between aim and need. The aim of a car is to transport, while fuel is its need. Similarly, we ought to clearly distinguish between our aims and needs to make an effective and purposeful use of our time. This distinction between aim and need is absolutely crucial to the understanding of the concept ofTime Topology.
Five dimensions of a human character – religious, educational, social, clinical and economical – are given in the third chapter. The fourth chapter of the book is the most important chaptr. Here the author describes eight categories of works – time consuming activities – along three axex: x (for important works), y (for urgent works) and z (for those works which are possible). William Hoffer`s paper How do you perceive time? has also been made good use of.
The fifth chapter highlights some of the time-wasting habits shile the sixth chapter enlists various time-saving habits. Frequently asked questions have been answered in the seventh chapter for a better understanding of readers.
The last chapter gives us different characteristics and pre-requisites of professionals like teachers, doctors, engineers and the like. Then certain habits are compared and some suggestions are made to replace habits like lying with speaking truth. But how to go about replacing such habits has not been told and therefore, a discrepancy remains in the work. We are also given nine ideal human models and the chapter ends with a prototype of a detailed life planner, which is nothing but brilliant and impressive. If thoroughly understood the king of life planner given in the book is surely bound to create a positive change in the reader`s personality.
In order to set an achievable aim in our lives Mr. Ahmed, in the second chapter of his book, suggests us to go through the biographies of people like jinnah, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Younus. In this writer`s opinion every human being has three components. The first component is the inherited component. No human being can have any control whatsoever on his own genetic makeup and therefore, any manipulation of this component is beyond the individual`s control (as of now). Whatever a person learns from the circumstances and the environment around him forms his second component. Ordinary people do have a considerable control over the development of this component but usually are not aware of this capability of theirs. Thus, they find themselves exposed to any and every type of situation with no or little knowledge of the repercussions. Therefore, it would be safe to assume that the second components of a vast majority of people are developed without their consent and wishes. Whatever one learns, knowingly or unknowingly, from the society and the people around, form one`s second component.
Now there is another component which is neither inherited nor acquired. This is the third component. The traits of one`s personality which distinguish him from the rest of the manking form this component. The uniqueness of our finger prints could be a crude manifestation of this abstract and philosophical concept. We know that no two persons can have identical finger prints; similarly no two persons can have their third components exactly alike. The third components is neither inherited nor acquired; it can only be nurtured, and to nurture one`s third component is often very difficult. At times nurturing one`s third component inevitable involves a violent clash with one`s first and/or second component. Those who are able to successfully nurture their third component are men-of-destiny. The third component of people like Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Buddha, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Newton, Emerson, Einstein and the like were not compatible with their first and/or second components. However, these men-of-destiny (and many others like them) were so determined and consistent in nurturing their third components that they were able to face all kinds of difficulties. It was the third component and not the first and/or the second which made Prophet Muhammad Prophet Muhammad, Duddha Buddha, Aristotle Aristotle, Francis Bacon Francis Bacon, Newton, Emerson Emerson, and Einstein Einstein. The attributes and traits by virtue of which the abovementioned personalities are rememebered today were neither inherited to them nor taught to them by their societies. These traits were totally original and owed their origin to the hard work put in by them in nurturing their third components.
The purpose of this discussion is to supplement Mr. Ahmed`s concept of aim and need. According to this writer unless we are aware of the existence of our third component, we would not be able to set an achievable aim for ourselves.
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