Sunday, February 5, 2012

What is this thing we call Time ?

Time is a strange thing......

The Oxford Dictionary defines it as " the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole"

The Online Free Dictionary describes it as , "a non-spatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future"


 "an interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration...

I can remember clearly the long hot summer holidays of my youth where the endless blue skies were captured and indelibly imprinted in my memories as if the moment was like an extended pause along this "non-spatial continuum"..

yet further on down the road................

I can also clearly remember the pressures of time and the lack of hours in the day to fulfill my work days are divided into working hours and the years progress and the cultural context of my concept of time becomes my reality.

But is this the only reality of time ?

I have the power to reflect and consider other perspectives.

Take for example the Eskimo culture where the sun stays above the horizon or below the horizon for periods of up to six months at a time. For the Eskimo culture time is not a continuum of day/night cycles. Their time is measured by the number of sleeps they have.

For many cultures in the past the idea of time was the repetition of the cycles of the weather, the moon and the sun.  Things came and went in much the same fashion as we experience our bodily functions.

So what is this thing we call time ?

Well time is subjective and personal...the experience of time alternates with a person's social , cultural  and historical context.

So if time is subjective and experienced differently by different cultures and different periods in the history of humankind what can be said about objective time ?

By objective time I mean the concept of time surrounding us in the universe ..

or another phrase for it is endless time ? 

How does endless time capture our concept of personal time ?

I suggest we must look at a mathematical equation to understand the dimensions of time.

If space is endless ; then time is endless

endless space = endless time

So to understand time we should dissect it with becomes an x-y axis where x is time and y is space....

So on any given point in the continuum of endless time our imprint is captured in endless space.

So what does all of this mean apart from some blogger philosophically ranting on about the concept of time ?

Think of it this way.....

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
Albert Einstein


  1. When I began teaching we taught Continuous Creation, so time was truly endless, but then came The Big Bang Theory (now being challenged, it's true) so time began and (presumably) will end. What happened/will happen out of time, I wonder? Whatever, a stimulating and enjoyable post. Thank you for it.

    1. Regardless of the theories ( which by the way come and go with the winds of change ) u must admit the thought of infinity is a mysterious, perplexing and real phenomenon. With this in mind the possibilities of countless imaginative creations echo the mythology of humankind. Taking my modern understanding and experience and infusing it with a personal spin I suggest triggers the revolutionary spirit cleansing me from the collective conditioning that has calcified my mind. Why should I believe that time is a series of sequential occurrences following a linear pattern ? when I know that my limited time on earth is but a speck in the sands of eternity ? It is not logical to believe exclusively in a concept of linear time when spatial time is ever present all around us whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, mentally or otherwise. The analogy that comes to mind is of a person trained, conditioned and educated in a small town and refuses to acknowledge a world beyond its limits populated with countless of unknown experiences and interpretations of life. Imagination of other possibilities I suggest frees our spirit from "mind forged manacles". Thanx for visiting Dave.

  2. WJJ
    I see you did some spring cleaning shall we say.
    Very fresh
    I do want to thank you for stopping by and when I have a bit more time to comment and read, then comment again I shall do so.

    Sadly time is not on my side at this time, or it is in short order

  3. Thank you for such an intriguing post. I so enjoyed reading it.
    I honestly believe that time is no more than an elaborate collective delusion.
    I don't believe it really exists, nor ever did.
    In our minds, we can travel backwards and forwards to any point in time in an instant.
    That, I believe, is the true state of being.
    Physical life is simply a mirage enclosed in time.

  4. Couldn't agree with you more Ygraine. And thanx 4 ur kind and mesmerising comments. You are definitely a comrade in spirit.


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