Time. A concept.

Its 8:45am and i’m sitting at my desk in my little cubicle at work. I’m 20 years old just counting the months until I can legally get shit-faced at a public bar. As someone who suffers with anxiety my life revolves around the ticking hands on the clock ( I can’t live without my analog clock in the morning). I measure how long it will take me to do just about everything and I constantly think about what I like to call my “life timeline” or “growing up plan”.

I’m sure many of you have planned out your futures or at least thought about what age you should be “settled”. But what if time was irrelevant. What if time was just part of another tall tale created so we don’t completely lose our heads. like how your mom told you Santa was real to explain and justify the extreme gift giving during the holiday season.

Now I know I’m rambling and you probably already clicked off this page, but for the slight chance that you haven’t, I want to show you an excerpt of a book that changed my view of time in a completely different way.  If you are interested in this please take a look and leave a comment down below thank you.

THIS IS A VERY LONG EXCEPT.

Book: Morning star/ Chapter 1//Pages 21-25

“I believe that most people have in inaccurate perception of the passage of time,” he started off, keeping his eye on his best student. “People tend to think of it as a highway, the past disappearing quickly behind us with the future lying just ahead. We are like passengers in a car watching the landscape move past as we move down the road. If we wish, we could turn the vehicle around visiting our past, or speed up visiting our future. This is based on our human need to place a measuring stick on everything around us, and to explain concepts beyond our comprehension. Take for example the outdated need to explain life and death by creating an all-powerful God, who watches over us and rewards us with an afterlife. 22 The human animal, only a few steps out of the jungle, has already mastered the technology to travel in space, invented machines to do his labor and discovered many of the secrets of physics. Yet he prays to his creator like his ancient ancestors did and credits all of creation to an omnipotent being. He cites the first theory of thermodynamics which states “matter can not be created nor destroyed” to justify this belief. His yardstick firmly in place gives him the confidence to meet each new day without the anxiety or fear of death. Thanks to his creator he will have a seat waiting for him in heaven. Like many of his outdated ideas, his perception of the passage of time is skewed by rules of science written by men, who had limited knowledge of the discipline, and lived during the age of discovery. If it is possible to record actions then it must be possible to move through the story and travel to different chapters. If he only had the technology to travel through a magic door, which could propel him through time, he could land in his past or visit his future. Once again, I believe that most people have in inaccurate perception of the passage of time. Time is not a river. It does not flow, and you cannot travel to and from as you wish. The distant past is just as close to you as the recent past. Your future is just as close to you as the present. There are no destinations in time; there is just our human explanation of a concept, which we have no true idea of. We have to make sense of it in a way we can understand. How can we possibly understand the concept of infinity? Time has no beginning, nor end. Time is here and now, we are in it. The age of the dinosaurs is just as close as the age of man. The creation of the universe is just as close as the current day. 23 We try to visualize the many births of the universe, seeing mass explosions of matter creating the area we call space. We tend to think of it as something far and away. So far away it is beyond our comprehension. Time is not just a series of events caught on film to review with a beginning middle and end. It is here and now. It is a sliver of existence. If you could reach out of it you could touch the gas clouds that formed our galaxy as easily as touching the robes of Jesus. Infinity is an easy concept to understand if you release the outdated rules of science as man has envisioned it. As far as time is concerned, time is not infinite. There was no beginning and there will be no end. Man’s yardstick was a good tool to help explain this concept but it is now time to throw it away and rethink the laws of physics. People justify God by saying, “Something can’t come from nothing.” The answer is that there never was “Nothing”. Matter was not created; it has always been here. If you throw away the yardstick and stop thinking of time as a river it will start to make sense. You may ask then, how do we explain the aging process of the universe? Plants grow, changing shape and color showing a definite difference from month to month, and year to year. Animals grow old, reproducing in order to continue the line. If there is no such thing as time then why is there a physical change we can observe in the world around us. To answer the question you must realize that aging is the process by which matter and energy change physical from, at a consistent or inconsistent rate. This rate will be incorrectly assumed as the concept of time, because different objects do age at different rates according to the speed they are traveling in relation to each other. Moving objects age at a lesser rate than stationary objects. By this time you will think that I have 24 contradicted my first statement about the concept of time. I have not.” Dr Rhine said pointing his finger to the ceiling, not taking his eyes off his manuscript. “My argument is that objects do age, it is just that we humans do not comprehend aging and have created a theory about it called time, in order to explain it. With this new understanding, it is then possible to be able to move through the aging process. I will call the process time in order to make it more understandable. As I stated before, aging has different rates for different objects which makes it possible to be able to travel forward at a different pace. If you slow down and the world around you continues at your old rate, it would appear you were traveling forward. To those around you it would appear you have frozen in time. If you met up again at a later moment it would appear as though you traveled forwards in time. In fact all you have done is slow your aging process. The physical body one once occupied in 1956 no longer exists. The Earth at that point of aging is not stored somewhere to be retrieved at a later time. Once something has passed a certain point in the aging process it has ceased to exist. We can record light waves of the period on film and record sounds on tape; this is but a collection of images and not the object itself. The film itself will age and turn yellow and crack eventually returning to the elements which made it. It is now that we should rethink and reexamine how we perceive the theories of physics laid down centuries ago. At an earlier age, supernatural explanations were used along with scientific theories in order to understand the physical world around us. We no longer believe the world is flat and that the Earth is the center of the universe. Many of these outdated ideas were created at the same age as the discovery of gravity and electricity. At one point it was believed that man could not 25 fly, but we know this now to be untrue. Witches were created to explain death and disease, and black cats were considered evil. These concepts of magic are from the same time period as the people who first created many of the scientific theories we think of today as fact. The problem with this thinking is that black cats are not evil, and many of these facts are untrue. I can believe in the concept of time if it is used only as a measuring tool. A way of placing events into history in relation to other events. On paper we can establish a frame of reference using plotting points of years and months. This is still plagued with the problem that different objects do age at different rates, but since the rate is so minimal it can be overlooked for recording purposes. If we were interstellar travelers we would need one calendar for us, and one for all of the places around us. Since we travel little in comparison to each other, the aging difference is almost undetectable, maybe a few minutes over a lifetime.”

2 thoughts on “Time. A concept.

  1. Humans are such an interesting species. We do have such a need to measure and categorize things. I know part of it is how our brains work, but I would be sooo curious to find out when we adapted this need of measurement and if other species show any kind of similarities.
    Great post, Lina!

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  2. Reblogged this on The life of an almost 20-year old and commented:
    A friend of mine pointed out the measurement of time, that we as humans obsess over. I tell everyone, I get younger every day. I truly feel like the longer I live, the more I acquire skills and experience to live life like someone who is still 18. Sometimes, I still want to say “16” when people ask me how old I am. Let’s just pretend I’m not turning 24 this year…

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