Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Time

Today is “New Year” as yesterday was in the realm of an “Old Year.” As last year was 2013, this year is 2014. How time “flies”. But where to? How come? And who says so? One thing is certain: The down to earth essence or nature of time is that it is hard if not in fact impossible to count time as readily proven by the curious phenomenon that while some months have 30 days, other months have 31 days. Why? More. There is even that mysterious month that has but 28 if not 29 days. Why? These facts alone say that the objective reality of time is not in fact as we think of and speak about it, not truly as we commonly understand it, nor presume it to be. While many things can be said about time, it would be enough to submit but the following five theses on the truth about time – what time really is:

Thesis 1: Time is movement.
This means that to have a feel of time, a perception of the coming and going of time, there must be movement. So it is that without movement, there is no time. This is when eternity – which is timelessness – comes about. So it is that even when one stands still, his heart beats which then marks time.

Thesis 2: Time is linear.
Time goes on and on, stopping for no one, for whatever reason. Time then never returns or comes back, once it is gone. It goes from one instant to another in some kind of a straight line. And where when gone it is, gone it remains because time goes on a continuum and not in a circular course.

Thesis 3: Time is a continuum.
The fact that time is a continuum is precisely what makes it goes on and on and on. Hence, counting time is a futility. Just as watches do not and cannot count time, so it is that stop-watches do not and cannot count time, so is it that stop-watches are one of the most artificial human inventions – as time stops for no one.

Thesis 4: Time is immune to count.
Time is now – always. Time is never before or after whereas it is now or never. So is it that to count time with the rising or the setting of the sun is a vain exercise, considering that the sun stands still. Instead, it is the earth that goes around it, making it appear to rise or set – a common knowledge.

Thesis 5: Time is beyond saving.
Once time is gone, gone it is forever. Hence, “until the end of time” actually means eternity. “Time and again” is a vain talk whereas once gone, time remains gone. “Now is the time” because it is never before nor later. “Make time” is a wishful thinking. “There is no more time” is eternity.