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TIME!... Do You Know What It Is? Do You Have Any?

Updated on June 20, 2011

“A non-spacial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future”.

I don't know where I got that quote from but it's a better explanation of time than I could have come up with.

Time is a difficult phenomenon to contemplate isn't it? Give it just a little of your deepest thoughts and like it or not, you'll soon find yourself immersed in Einstein's Theory of Relativity . That's all well and good in the event you have the inclination and no impending brain aneurism's just waiting for a good reason to explode.

Let's look at time all the way over at the other side of the spectrum. The side we all understand. The side we all work with everyday of our lives that makes one simple statement: "When it's gone...It's gone". But....Where does it go?

One can use up one's time anyway one wishes right? Seems applicable to me but it's far from the truth. Other people, all sorts of global and local events, little critter's that get in your nose that kill you or make you feel like your going to die. snow storms, big corporations, computer glitches, your job, you name it...all of these things plus millions more are what use up our time seemingly whether we like it or not.

Most of these life-style intrusions are less than desirable and some, even downright life threatening. If we do nothing and accept how life manipulates our personal time, then one day soon we wake up and realize we don't have any time at all. Even if we stay home from work, do all our chores by 9am, and finally say to ourselves: “OK, now what?”. What you inevitably do is your choice for that immediate moment but not for long and even then your decisions are based on your household ambiance, mental and physical states as well. Lets say you decide to relax and watch some TV for an hour. Good luck finding something you want to watch, it's not up to you is it? So you decide to watch a movie and put on a DVD. That is, until the phone rings, the dog wants to go out, or your neighbor locked herself out again and wants you to jimmy the back door.

Even when your sleeping your subservient to just as many things that manipulate your sleep time and none of them you have the slightest control over like you think you do.

Forget about words like yesterday, tomorrow, what year it is, or even words like now, or today. They don't exist in reality. Man just conjured them up to help keep track of things but none of them mean anything unless we understand what “time” really is and who does? One thing is clear if you give it some thought. The next time you say “I just don't have the time”, you'll be right on the money.

I never did like wall clocks the incessantly tic day in and day out but what an interesting thing to watch and listen too. Each second that tic's by has got to mean something right? Not just a maniacal mechanical device invented to drive you nuts. It actually measures our earth's rotation and lets us know in 24 hourly increments what time it is. But what does that mean? OK that's easy enough but not when you watch a few ticks go by and you know for a fact that they're gone forever and all that they represented with them. Where did the time go and the events that happened during that period? The clock repeats itself every 24 hours and the same thing happens. Gone forever! But it's not the same is it? It's the next day. Where did yesterday go and why can't we get it back if we want? And what about tomorrow? What makes you so sure we're going to have one? We didn't have one today did we? It's not just a triviality either. We all know that x amount of tics down the road and we will die. Why? What is it we've traveled through, used up, been a part of, or experienced since we were born? Why can't we get it back, slow it down, or speed it up?

Now is a good time to open up Einstein's book on relativity. I've been there but it wasn't much help. Then again, I'm not Einstein. If you have a better explanation of what time is, I'd be glad to read it......Providing I could find the time. :>)


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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed this hub Craig. I believe the definitionnis similar to that described in Euclid.


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      Craig Suits 6 years ago from Florida

      It sure is Princess. Give it some deep thought and see what you come up with. That's what my book "Up One Level" is all about. Thinking past level one. It's not easy to do but fun sometimes non the less. And who knows,you might just discover something humanity has been overlooking all these years...

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is deep! Thinking about time is quite a conundrum. It's one thing over which we really do not have any control. Fascinating topic to mull over, though. Take care.

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      Craig Suits 6 years ago from Florida

      Tnx Sammy, you might be right. It would be nice if there was a way to shut off thinking about certain subjects altogether. Want to really challange your literary brain? Try writing a paragraph about "time" without using the word "time". It's almost impossible.


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      Sammy 6 years ago from Australia

      So many unanswered questions!

      I have to agree with you, I never have enough time - but we will always have time arriving..and going..oh the irony.

      I don't think there is a 'real' explanation..somethings ought to be left in that box labeled "Too Complicated To Explain"

      :) Nice hub!