Is time an illusion?
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”
The distinction between past, present, and future is an illusion is my interpretation of Einstein’s quote.
Time is also relative.
For one person in prison, the day can seem to last an eternity. For a person who is with a loved one having the “time” of his life, time goes fast, or more accurately, it stops. There is no sense of time. But later only when they think about, it seemed the day went fast. But where is time if you stop thinking about it?
And, can one person’s past be someone else’s present which can be someone else’s future?
Three people are on a very long ship at sea with each three at different spots on the ship. One in the front, one in the middle, and the third at the back. A dolphin swims by. The one in the front spots the dolphin, then it’s gone. Then the person in the middle spots it swimming by, then it’s gone. Finally the third person spots the dolphin. For the first person his past is the dolphin after it passed, which is the middle man’s present(as he’s seeing the dolphin). And then the same for the last man. Happening at the same time? Relative?. Only in the perspective of each person. It happened in each of the three persons now.
These ideas of time and how it’s so relative are interesting. The science–especially quantum physics are interesting, but on a personal level (and the point of this blog) is I believe time is a man-made construct.
In a time before the calendar where was time?
How can time exist–except in our minds?
What is tomorrow but a thought of tomorrow? Tomorrow, like yesterday, doesn’t exist. This might sound new agey, but only now exists. Like that couple in love, there is only now.
Now and now and now, over and over again.
Think about tomorrow…when is that thought taking place? Now. By the time you think it it’s already gone.
Think about yesterday..same thing.
Tomorrow is a thought. Yesterday is a thought. Where is time in this eternal present?
I think Einstein was right about the purpose of time. I think that quote hints at the psychological man made nature of time.
It’s interesting. I think direct experience is the truth, and like basic truths, it is paradoxical. There is only now..but yet my body ages(or does it? Every seven years I have a brand new body, all new cells). But does presence age? Bodies, ideas, beliefs change, but do you(beyond time–awareness) age?
Anyone got the time?