Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Timeless Time

Time is a mystery we live with every moment we are alive. It exists as long as we are conscious of ourselves and our surroundings. To some people time stops when moments freeze. If you happen to see the sun stopped setting wouldn't that means time has stopped too?

I look at how the experts define time. Looking at one of them, like below, I am confused.

The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.

I don't dispute it but cannot gain further from reading it. Personally time is a mystery. It means differently to different people. Examples:

It's this dimension along which we and everything else are moving in the direction of a universe with ever increasing entropy.

Personally I think time is a man made concept. When man created a clock he strove to synchronize the length of a day and a year to meet the movements of the clocks hands, he never succeeded. A clock makes it easier for man to organize his day, it has nothing to do with time. Earth is a mere spec in the cosmos. Why does it need time zones? Think about it.

Time is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen all at once.

A fundamental conception by which we percieve the sequence of events

Still confused? I am. Allow me to share my interpretation of the timeless Time.

Time is life and life is time. The two are intricately connected. Time stops when death arrives. To the living time is measured by events and is noticeable when there is perception of CHANGE. The expression 'Time stood still' is used to describe a person's feeling of being trapped in a moment that seems to last forever while the rest of the world moves on.

One key element that makes time an important part of our lives is the ability to remember. Without it time is meaningless because memory is our only way to associate our past to the present through the channel of time.

Time cannot be seen or captured in a bottle. It is forever moving like a one trip train that each of us is the driver. It can't stop or reverse. As we drive this train until it eventually runs its course we have the choice to drive faster or slower, enjoy the sights or just focus on arriving. Looking into our rear mirror we can only reminisce those lost moments and opportunities we missed, or thankfully remember what has happened.

People ask is there still time after death? My reflection says yes, if you believe in life after death. But if you think death is the end of our existence then your time will end. So it is a pertinent question to ask, do I want my time to be timeless, to last forever?

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