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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Does time really exist or is it man-made?



Does time exist or is it man-made? Wow, if that is not a million dollar question I do not know what is. 

Have you ever asked yourself why during certain experiences time seems to move faster or slower? Let me give ask you a couple of questions to demonstrate the point.

Have you ever had an experience that you enjoyed so much that you lost track of time? Have you ever been in a life-threatening situation where it seemed that everything moved in slow motion?  
You find yourself internally saying, wow, where did the time go or I remember every detail of that situation!
On the contrasting side, have you ever not enjoyed something, for example a mandatory class in a subject you disliked, or an event that your partner wanted you to attend with them that did not interest you?  You feel obligated to stay and your mind tends to think about this or that, past and future perhaps filled with contrasting emotions, to do lists, etc. and the class or event feels as if it will never end as you look down at your watch only to discover that it is mere minute later then the last time you looked?  When it is finally over you think, gee I thought that would never end.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Albert Einstein: “When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.”  I was drawn to this quote at a very young age but was not sure why.  As I aged I believe that I was so attracted to this quote because it made me question time and its relevance to my reality and the universe.
So the question is does time really exist or is it man-made?
Is time something humans created as a means of control and management of their environment? We do know that dating back thousands of years, humans measured lunar cycles for practical reasons like knowing when to plant or harvest crops. Later, we know that with technology advancement there was the continual quantification of time into days, hours, seconds, and so on as a means of controlling the masses. You do need to know when you have to get to work don’t you? 
Perhaps time is really non-existent. Perhaps there is no past and no future, just the present and that all forms of the reality we create exist now in the present. It may sound strange but it is not just an opinion I hold, but seems to be an ever increasing theory. 
Perhaps we have glimpses of the understanding of the true nature and reality of time as non-existent when we fully enjoy an experience, since we are not aware of any passage of time. And perhaps when we do not do what brings us “en-joy-ment” we allow ourselves to be distracted in past and possible future that we are stuck in the two-by-two box container we create for ourselves.
Food for thought. 
A further thought is does everything happen in a linear order or does is it happening simultaneously. I will leave you with that to chew for a while and will link to exploring the simultaneous occurrence theory in a future post.
I would, however love to here what you think!

Have a day filled with Love,
LeeZa Donatella
leezadonatella.com


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2 comments:

  1. There are a lot of complex ideas out there... I tend to be a little more reasoned and simplistic..

    I know that man invented time to be able to work in the complex world we now have... Early Homo Sapiens, 150,000 to 250,000 years ago had no need for time. I imagine they got up when they needed to... hunted when they needed to, and their perception of events happening around them was the same as ours, with the exception that we ascribe a 'point-on-the-clock' on most of the events in which we find ourselves.... Things move around and change as a result of biological processes, etc.. We are there to simply perceive them and say... "well, such and such happened then and this followed".... Something like that.... Just sayin'

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    1. I appreciate and welcome your comment. SInce you did not put your name, based on your writing style I am guessing that you are male. The blog is intended to give people food for thought and help them think outside the two-by-two.. It is when we look outside we ask questions. In the case of this posting it's about our perception of time in the scale of the universe. Going a little deeper, the question I ask is if time is linear or do all events happen simultaneously. Still searching for that answer.

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