Passage of Time

by Justin Young 5 months ago in humanity

And how long we'll take to learn it

Passage of Time

How does one kill time?

You can't really kill something that isn't there. Time is a man-made thing. We will often ask each other what time is it? Do you have the time? No other animal on the planet keeps track of time like we do. We made clocks that told us the time based on the position on the sun and the shadow it cast onto a dial. Then we made watches, so no matter where we are, we have the time. We make appointments and set up meetings for certain times and then feel rushed when we're late.

What's the point of keeping track of time?

By keeping track of time we can show how old our galaxy is. When it was born, and sub sequentially everything in it. By keeping track of this ever fluctuating and invisible thing we have a sense of control. Control over our lives and how much we can do in that given time.

But why do we say that we're 'killing' time?

You can't kill something that isn't alive. Yet our language allows us to say it this way. We're killing something that we created to explain why the sun comes and goes. The passage of time is so very fleeting. Everyone says 'live in the moment', but the moment itself is incredibly short.

Look, here comes a moment now and it's gone.

The moment is gone before you can even grasp at it. So why are we dead set on living in a single frame of time that we can't even notice?

Nowadays, everyone feels like they have to manage time. Time spent with family, time on work, time on play, time on, time on, time on.

We're not actually controlling the time. The time doesn't care what you do. It's moving whether we're ready or not.

Time won't wait because it's constantly moving therefore the present as we call it, is probably better named the near past. The present is always the near future, gone into the near past. There really is no present amount of time. And because time is always moving, the earth will keep on spinning and everything in the galaxy will keep on moving. Life and time have a similar system of not stopping for anything.

Because everything in the galaxy we live in, and all the subsequent galaxies nearby, far off and in alternate dimensions won't stop for us. We can't stop them, but they can't stop us. Everything is constantly in motion creating friction, creating energy and because the universe is constantly expanding it stands to reason that we could actually be fueling that expansion just by existing and living.

The sheer amount of energy the universe contains to expand almost indefinitely is a number we would never be able to comprehend let alone actually find. Because the amount is always fluctuating and growing, we're adding to it. Every atom and molecule is in constant motion so the very idea that anything can be completely still is laughable.

But now the question you're probably asking is 'Why does this matter to me?'

It doesn't.

It was going to, but the moment passed already, and now it's gone.

That's the beauty of it. Even though we can sit and explain away literally any of the universes mysteries, the question we need to ask is 'Why does explaining it matter?'

It matters to us because we're constantly trying to find the boundary lines of the rules just to break them. We want to see what the universe has to offer, and to use it to our advantage.

We're constantly learning, exploring, testing, thinking and breaking everything we find.

This is why we're moving forward, because curiosity drives us.

What's at the edge of out solar system?

The edge of our galaxy?

Will we ever reach the edge of our universe?

Perhaps one day we'll find out.

But in order for that to happen, time must continue to pass us by.

Perhaps we'll never make it to the edge of our universe because of it's constant expansion, but that's certainly not going to stop us from trying anyway.

Justin Young
Justin Young
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