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Time is scarce. Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.

As you read this blog post, something is spent. No, it is not money, except for the cost of the internet access. In a sense, it is not free. Something of value is lost when you read this. Something scarce. Unless you can bi-locate, your time is finite. You cannot add more seconds to the day. Your time is a limited resource.

How society uses its scarce resources is one the legs that hold up the table of economics. And because time is scarce, meaning it is limited and must be divided either totally on oneself (selfish) or spent on other people (if you love one other person as yourself, you have divided it by two) or some combination thereof, a person must choose how use this time. If I am reading a book, I cannot also be tilling my garden at the same time.

So what does this have to do with fatherhood? The simple answer is “A lot.” The more complex answer deals with the association of fertility and crime. If a father has children and loves them, his time is consumed more with caring for, protecting, and providing for his family. This leaves less time to do other things like lie, steal, and cheat. It is quite interesting because the authors of “Freakonomics” proposed the inverse conclusion. John Mueller critiques Levitt and Dubner here and I say it sounds rather convincing.

As I read Mueller, I begin to get the itch to continue to my research and maybe one day write on fatherhood leadership.