Philosophy of Time

" Like the vastness of an oasis where the level of underground water rises up to join the surface; where nature and beauty flourishes with growth, so too is the place where our souls are replenished.

Like a mirage, time is an illusion; a reflection of the past, an experience of the present. A rarity on occasion a glimpse of our dreams of what may come. Seize the moment NOW as all good things must come to an end. For in time this too shall pass.” by Sage Williams

Time is one of those words that has always intrigued me. There are millions of ways to define time that is in terms of linguistically speaking, which I will explore throughout. But have you ever really, really, wondered about, the concept of time. Go ahead, try to explain it. What is time? I've pondered this questions many times in my life.

Dating back to the Stone Age, the Mayas were known to have acquired an exactness in measuring time. They were captivated and endlessly devoted to the calculation and passage of time. Many of us today are familiar with the Mayan Calendar and its mysterious predictions that follow in regards to December 21, 2012 which marks the end of a 5,126-year era.

There are many legends that speak about hummingbirds, who float free of time, carrying our hopes, dreams love and joy. The hummingbird is symbolically known as a messenger a stopper of time.

Moving on in time there were many hypotheses known as the ‘Theories of Time’ by famous scientists and philosophers, like Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.

Exploring further we get to view the world in relation to time. The world has what is known as Time Zones. There are time zones for different locations of the world. Universal Time (UT) is a timescale which is based on the rotation of the Earth a continuation of Greenwich Mean Time or (GMT). There is Standard Time, Pacific Time, Eastern Time etc.etc

It gets deeper and deeper and more complex as we get into what is known as s Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)[1] an atomic time scale based on international Atomic Time. Far to complicated at this point in time for me.

I will gladly turn this over to Professor Brian Cox, (you tube video to the right), who does a really awesome exploration into the scientific aspects and philosophy of What is time?


To the right below is the Encarta Dictionary: English (North American)
Definition of time.

The Semantics of Time

Here today, gone tomorrow and this very moment in time, shall pass. Not only am I intrigued about the very concept of time. I am also fascinated with the million different ways this word can be used.

There are seasons of the year we refer to as springtime, summertime, and wintertime.

In many customs the New Year brings out father time; a representation of the previous year (usually an image of an old man"), who is depicted handing over the duties of time to the Baby New Year (or "the New Year").

There are countless words and phrases depicting time such as anytime, sometimes, most of the time, morning time, long time, short time, endless time, till next time, Time will tell, time heals all, take your time etc. The list goes on and on.

The business sectors of the world refer to time well managed as Time Management. We are all well aware of the great economic times also referred to as financial times.

Some have capitalized on the word, by using it in their business slogans, such as the famous Dunkin Doughnuts commercial, "Time to make the Doughnuts!

There are Famous magazines and newspapers such as; Time Magazine and the New York Times. Time is of the Essence, a legal phrase used in a contract.

As I’m writing this I have become mindfully aware of my voice beginning to have that same chant, the rhythm and beat of the well known cranky commentary, Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes. Having said that, I realize that I had better be careful as I just may be dating myself. Andy Rooney and 60 minutes have been with us for a long period of time.

Quotes About Time

There has been a myriad of quotes written about time. Here a few of my personal favorites

"Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what's real." ~Sara Paddison

"Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy."
~Doménico Cieri Estrada

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
~Rabindranath Tagore

"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." ~Rabindranath Tagore

"Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know." ~Saint Augustine

"Time, the cradle of hope.... Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and repentance behind it: he that has made it his friend will have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time." ~Napoleon I, Maxims, 1815

Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." Georgia O'Keefe

"Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow." ~Denis Waitely

"Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time."
~T. S. Elliot

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." ~Ecclesiastes (ch. III, v. 1-8)



My Personal Time

My personal all time favorite is relishing in the moment. Carving out a particular segment of time to indulge in solitude; to listen with an open heart, to cultivate my awareness and to go deep, deep within to replenish my soul. There is no time like the present for reflection.

An inner sanctuary of harmony and bliss; a familiar time that may be experienced often but may never be replicated or experienced in the exact same way, for this too shall pass. It is however, recognizable as a familiar space in time and if this is the best that it can be, than let it be. For this is my personal relationship with Time.

To one and all, enjoy your 'Time'.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Wonderful article, um Time only means to me that my hair is going white. Yes, I am follow the mayan, as well as the Hopi and the egeptiams. All state comment of the end of their calenders of 2012. The Hopi say that we are leaving the fourth deminsion and everything will end, and a new, then the fifth deminsion will start anew. Thank you so much for this awesome hub


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

What a thought provoking and well written hub. It is a wonderful article on time and it makes you reflect on your own views on time and how to use each precious moment. Excellent hub.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Darlene - Thanks for reading and commenting. What would it be like if we could stop time? Now that would be an interesting hub. No more white hair.

Pamela - Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad that you found this article thought provoking. Sometimes it's the simplest thoughts that have such deep reflections.

Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated!

Sage


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I wanted to read this but I just didn't have the time!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I was only foolin'. This is a great hub. Thank you for some great research and work. So many definitions. Great videos. Thank you.

You took the TIME!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Micky Dee- LOL! Thanks for taking the time and stopping by. I was laughing as I read your comment. It really fit with your avatar. Just cruising on by, faster than the speed of light.

Also, I stopped by and read your latest hub the other night, I should have let you know the videos were not working.

Sage


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Kori Lee F.P. 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

As a philosopher- there is no time, it is only a construct of our minds and how we must structure our world-view. When people say it is all about "here and now" this is really it. No-time universe- that is us. Space exploration and parallel universes shall teach us more about time- and how it might be manipulated. There are other dimensions that do not deal with time.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Kori Lee - Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I am honored to have a philosopher, such as yourself comment. I love your eloquent explanation in regards to the here and now.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." ~Rabindranath Tagore

I loved that one most and I like this hub and the message it brings--- Thank you and happy weekend Sage, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Maita - How coincidental, just left a message on your new hub, came back to my account and saw that you had just left this message on mine.

You did an amazing job on your new hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. The quote that you picked is one that I love as well.

Many thanks!

Sage


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

What a nice thought provoking article; I enjoyed reading it.


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coolmon-Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I'm glad you liked it. Your comment is greatly appreciated!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Beautiful and so many things to think about. We all think time is of the essence or that we are 'out of time' but time is one of those things - like life - what you make of it! My biggest failing is to make time for myself but am trying to be better about that particular thing. Thanks for all the inspiration!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

akirchner - Thanks so much for stopping by your comments are always so sweet. I love what you wrote, "We all think time is of the essence or that we are 'out of time' but time is one of those things - like life - what you make of it!" How simply sated and beautiful.

Thanks for your endearing comment,

Sage


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Sage...

Compromising question that of your hub´s title. The quotes on time are wonderful, this one I liked a lot: "Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what's real." ~Sara Paddison

For me, Time is an ever present moment in constant renovation.

Great and interesting hub!

Thumbs up!

Warmest regards and blessings in the NOW, my friend,

Al


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Mystique-Thanks so much for stopping by reading, commenting and sharing your thoughts. I like your definition of time.

Till next time,

Sage


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figment 6 years ago from Texas

Great Hub. You did your research!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Figment - thanks for stopping by reading and commenting. Your comment is greatly appreciated!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I like this one as well, I am a Catholic hehe

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." ~Ecclesiastes (ch. III, v. 1-8)"

and I mark this hub so that when I come back I can look at it again, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

prettydarkhorse-thanks so much, this quote has always been one of my favorite quotes as well. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Great hub, Sage! I love your time "capsule" (no pun intended!) with all the definitions...Excellent piece!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Ann Nonymous - Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I had a great time doing it.

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The Donkey 6 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

Very well written. One of those hubs that make you think for awhile. Thanks.

You should follow me and read some of my hubs.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Yes it does. That's what I like about it most. Thanks for reading and commenting. Your comment is greatly appreciated!

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Robert Kernodle 6 years ago

The very moment we ask the question, "What is time?", we are committing a logical fallicy; for time is NOT a "what", but a "when".

The proper question is, "WHEN is time?"

Then we can answer more effectively with another question, "when is time for what?", meaning "how specifically do we move in a successsion of rhythmic moments?"

Once, we confront the question, "when is time for what?", we can answer with an action, such as "time to play", "time to love", "time to dance".

A proper interrogative interaction with the concept of time, then, gets us moving, which is what time is -- MOTION in harmony with the rhythms of human anatomy.

Robert


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Robert- You've posed an interesting philosophy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Sage


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George J Hardy 6 years ago from Southern New Jersey

Interesting read, do think time is moving in a linear or circular direction? Meaning its effect on humans as a progression of their lives forward, or in circumspect, returning to the beginning as one begets understanding of the self? Can one ever return the amount of time given to their existence ?


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

WOW George! Your comment is blowing me away!

More questions to ponder. You have posed some really thought provoking questions, Very interesting! I have never really thought about this.

Once again, I will need some time to really think on this one.

Thanks so much for stopping by, reading and comment. Your comment is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Sage, "Time I have been passing time watching dreams go by, all of my life, lying on the sand watching seabirds fly, thats your assignement SAGE find who sung that song, HEHE, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Oh Maita, You are so funny. This is a great song. All of my life. I believe the title is, "IT MIGHT BE YOU" (Stephen Bishop). Good to see you again,

Sage


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dreamerindanny 6 years ago from Sulphur Springs, TX

Time is now a gift to me, finally. Loved your poem.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

dreamerindanny-Time is a very beautiful thing. So happy to hear that you have found your gift. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Your comment is genuinely heartfelt.

Sage


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I suppose that as the famous three score years and ten rapidly approach me I find myself thinking more and more about time and what it means. In fact I started a Hub on time at the time of my 66th birthday two months ago but abandoned it - it felt rather pretentious! I will no doubt have another go at it sometime soon.

Thanks for this great read.

Love and peace

Tony


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Tony - Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts about time. There is something about time that is just so mesmerizing for me. I think it's just one of those topics that I can go really, really deep and get lost in my thoughts.

I hope that you will find the time to revisit the hub that you abandoned. It would be interesting to read another hub on this topic.

Your comment in greatly appreciated!

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

LOL< you got it hehe, thats easy next time I will make it difficult, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Maita - You are too funny! You have a way of bringing smiles to peoples faces.

Till next time,

Sage


sophs 6 years ago

Wow- brilliant article Sage, very deep. It really made me think. Also I love this- "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf' my new favourite quote. Great work! Thanks for sharing Sage :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

sophs - thanks for your beautiful comment. I'm glad it gave you something to think about. I like you, love that quote too.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sage


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I love this hub and the quots you posted are great. The obsession we all have with time makes us fight it rather than enjoy it. If the Mayans are right we have little time left, but still a chance to make the best of it.

Thank you for a great read


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Petra Vlah - Thanks for your very profound comment in regards to the obsession with time. Life is to short, keep it simple.

Sage


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

My time is precious as is all of ours being granted only so many days on this planet...but I am glad I spent several minutes here learning to appreciate what time I have left.

Great hub...timeless~~~MFB III


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

mfb - Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Time is so vast a subject spatio-temporally that it has grabbed the ideas of both scientists and philosophers, very well written article...

(I am on the RedGage by the name of Kayzzaman - I spotted you here.)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Moulik Mistry - Thanks so much for stopping by reading and takinng the time to comment. Thanks so much for letting me know who you are on red gage, it's nice to make a connection. I love your photos on redgage. Now, all I have to do is remember who you are on each site. Here's to snapping and writing, Enjoy your Life!

Sage


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Sage, I got here eventually! Thats the trouble with time, there is never enough of it in the day!! I would just like to say that, time is even stranger when you go into space. For example, if you went in a space ship at the speed of light or faster, for two years, and then came back, the earth would have aged about sixty years... Einsteins law etc. how weird is that? and if you fell into a black hole in space, if you survived!, which you wouldn't, but if you did, you would look like you were not moving at all, because of the gravitational pull. So you would think you were hurtling to your doom, and your friends would be saying, don't worry, they are not even moving! Time is very strange, and I liked your hub. Great. thanks nell


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Nell, thanks so much for stopping back and taking the time to comment. I love your comment, you've posed some very interesting facts that make the concept of time even more thought provoking. I had never thought about time in relation to space.

Many thanks,

Sage


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Sage Williams this is beautiful. I only recently begain to think about time and how fast it vanishes, and since I am older I have wonder where my time went, what did I do that was worth doing and did I do it properly and with courage. I realize I have wasted percious time that cannot be lived again and I think that is why I write these articles.

Thank you for sharing and I am glad I found your hubs.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Ictodd - Thanks so much for taking the time to read my article and comment. Time is such a fascinating subject. As we get older and reflect upon our time, I think we all have a tendency to wonder where has it gone? You are not alone.

Realizing the value of time however, seems to place a priority on what we value and what is most important to us.

Thanks so much for your comment. It is greatly appreciated.

Sage


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Absolutely beautiful is the only way to describe this hub! You added your magical touch to an entity we take for granted, and turned it into something meant to be cherished.

'Carving out a particular segment of time to indulge in solitude; to listen with an open heart....an inner sanctuary of harmony and bliss...' I simply loved these lines! And the quotes were so carefully and tastefully selected! Pure joy to read... :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

myownworld - It's so good to see you. Your comment is so beautiful and genuinely heartfelt. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read and comment. Coming from you especially, means the world to me, as you are one writer that truly inspires me.

till next time,

Sage


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ruanz3 6 years ago from South Afirca

Loved it, especially 'my personal time'. Personally i believe time is an illusion. There is only one eternal now. If time existed then where did it begin? And if eternity exists then how can you have time? Time implies a beginning and an end, but pure consciousness is eternal.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

ruanz - Thanks so much for your stopping by and commenting. I'm glad you liked it. Your thoughts are extremely interesting.

I know you can go really deep on this subject and I think that is why I have always been so intrigued with it. There are so many different philosophies. I like yours, I will have to explore that some more.

Many thanks,

Sage


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

This is so beautiful, Sage. I just spent my time very wisely reading this hub! Here's my favorite quote about time by Shunryu Suzuki, "Time and space are one. This moment the swinging door is opening in one direction, and the next moment the swinging door will be open in the opposite direction. When you mind is pure and calm, there is no "I", no world, no mind or body; just a swinging door."


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Property-Invest 6 years ago from London

Thank you for this very cool and timely hub! I received very meditational and peaceful emotions from reading it.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Om Paramapoonya - Such a beautiful comment you have left. I absolutely love the quote as well. I have never heard this one before. It is truly thought provoking. Your comment is greatly appreciated!

Sage

Property-Invest - Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Your comment is very special to me.

Sage


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DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

I always enjoy your hubs. They are each one like a gift. This one is no exception.

I love this quote best of all..

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

~Rabindranath Tagore


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

DustinsMom - How sweet you are. It's always nice to see your presence on my hub pages. I as well love the quote you have chosen. It fits perfect with your avatar. Thanks so much for your comment, it is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Sage, you always give me something to think about. Time can be your best friend and your worst enemy. There seems to be less of it these days.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Dolores - Nice to see you, thanks for stopping by. You are so right, I couldn't agree more.

Sage


M Khan 6 years ago

The most real feel of time “the present” is infinitesimal. It cannot be measured. Measurement of time is mostly an afterthought. Time also has similarity to recording devices where “the present” resembles the sharp recording point like laser and past is comparable to the recorded material while future is the unrecorded portion. In this way past is just a memory. Similar thoughts were expressed by Mc Taggart when he described the similarity between written history and stories in their time characteristics suggesting that past is just like recorded material.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

M Khan

Thanks for reading and sharing your facts on time.

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