'TIME' does not exist....... so why do we get so anxious about it?

@Anni71 (25)
December 7, 2007 9:15pm CST
I really love the subject of time, because it feels like such a cunundrum. I believe time is not real... it is just a made up measurement. This may seem like a good idea for working purposes originally, however, in this era it seems that people never have enough of if, can never meet deadlines, get to appointments or even organise time. So when did it get so complicated? I refuse to wear a watch and try desperately not to let other people pressure me into another pace. I like to enjoy the moment and bask in the non-entity of time (then at least I can never be late!!!)
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
9 Dec 07
Manmade time does exist. Its 60 miliseconds in a second. 60 seconds in a minute. 60 minutes in an hour 24 hours in a day 7 days in a week 365 days or 52 weeks in a year 100 years in a century 1000 years in a millenia, etc. Now then, this all does exist definitely as a concept and a measure of time. However, human understanding of time, space, reality and "existence" itself is flawed. Unfortunately what we know is all we have to go on. There are theories and guesses about these things and time is no exception. Its possible there are bends of time, time displacements or perceptions of time that could prove its non existence or prove it as something else entirely. Time is actually a human and three dimensional concept (some say four, but I'm just saying this for discussion). There's a past, a present (which we occupy) and a future (we have yet to occupy). In those terms the past exists and doesn't exist at the same time. We have history, memories to prove the past occured, but as a reality... the past no longer exists at least to us "presently." The present perpetually exists and we perceive it with every second that elapses. It does exist hence a flow of time, movement, action and life. The future does not exist until we arrive at said points in the future. For example, I have no idea how this ultra long probably putting you guys to sleep post is going to last. I also have no idea where I'll be in an hour or two. That is because these events haven't arrived yet. Plus completely DIFFERENT things could happen! The future I envision could or could not come to pass. Only when we arrive at the future as we perceive or envision it does that time exist. But now its called the present or our "new"/current present. I mentioned perception of time as well. There have been instances of people recording time different both objectively and subjectively (the latter moreso). Some perceive time going incredibly fast at points and slow at other points. Others note that the lack of perception in time helps to "accelerate" time from their perspective. And with this, the focus on time itself and its timekeeping "slows" the time. Both are constructs just to understand and interpret time, but in reality the seconds, hours and days pass as they always have with no change in time due to its fixed measurements (as we've reviewed). There is also a different perception of time. Those asleep or in a coma do not experience the passage of time. One would say its similar to the "less attention" example and I will concede that point. Both instances indicate a removal of the conscious mind from this "reality" at least temporarily. In said removal time is not kept and only when one awakes or returns does one realize how much time passed. A third perception of time. Lets review the time variable of past/present/future. Human minds, development, experiences, technology all lack the requirements for breaking this perception of time (and most certainly bringing said break into physical "reality"). If there was a break or bend of time, then true acceleration or decceleration of time could be a reality. This could also include time travel in the "common" and "feasible" senses. Some physics examples and thought experiments in general use instances of wormholes, blackholes, superspeed instances or other exotic item to solve all of these time experiments and theories. For the "common" time travel, real time in this reality would be shifted or an item/person would be transported from the present to a different point on the timeline (past or future). In "feasible" senses wormholes are used to allow the bending and acceleration of speeds theorized to cause time travel, or they allow transfer to a parallel universe... one following the same timeline as ours but at a different point along the timeline. One thing to note with the "common" example, there are theories within the theory that do not allow for the time travel to the future since it has not happened. For time travel in general other models do not allow for travel to the past due to time always being "linear" and physical inability to "reverse time". Then again there are other perceptions that can only be imagined but never experienced. Its possible time is simply another way humanity has to organize society and life but its real essence is unknown to us. It could be bypassed completely possibly allowing for a new plane of existence and time. Perhaps eternal life could be realized with a true mastery of the self, technologies or some other elimination of time. Still, I do not see time and existence being removed or eliminated only adjusted or our perception of it. Its also possible time will exist, but it'll be those that do not know the true secrets of time that'll still be stuck in a 24/7 universe.
@Anni71 (25)
9 Dec 07
Respect to the progamer!
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
12 Dec 07
Thanks! I love this stuff!
@Anni71 (25)
13 Dec 07
yeah me too. so im sure our paths will cross again
• United States
8 Dec 07
That does seem very interesting, and in a way, time IS a concept invented by people so we are more efficient. But I think it's been around so long, that the concept has become very real. What is aging but the passage of time, running out of time? As "time" progresses, why does a woman lose the ability to have children? If time didn't exist, the passage of what would tell people there biological clock is out. If you think about it, every word we've ever created is just something we used to define something else. Life doesn't really exist either, but what are we doing now? Are we living? If we're not, then what are we? Haha, it's something that just goes around too much in a cycle.
@Anni71 (25)
8 Dec 07
Wow, that is really interesting. I think life as an entity does exist because life is usually represented by a physical presence, a germ, a plant, a person. With regard to marking the physical passage of time as you describe... i think in most cultures life can be defined by seasons, such as childhood, adolescence, adulthood. what do you think. have a great day
• United States
9 Dec 07
Hmm, I don't know. I think that is true in a lot of cultures, but for me personally, I think of life as just having consciousness of your own presence as well as the presence of others (as in MY life, not plant life, but who knows, maybe a plant is consciously aware that it has a presence?) Thinking about this too much makes my head hurt. haha. Like if you think about it, words are just random noises people make up to mean something.
@Anni71 (25)
9 Dec 07
yeah you and me both (my head is aching processing everyones perceptions) excellent..
• United States
9 Dec 07
LOL...letting time go is a great thing. However if you are more then 15 minutes late for your doctors appointment they may not see you, if you don't get to work on time you (or at least most of us) would no longer have a job, and when it is all said and done whether it is measured or not, we can still only get some much done in the hours between one sunset and then next.
@Anni71 (25)
9 Dec 07
yes, im fortunate that for years, ive had really flexible working and flexible bosses. as long as i do the work, it is no problem when i do it. so i guess this really helps me to relax about time. but yes there have been several times when i have nearly missed the doctors appointment.
• India
14 Dec 07
Never late than ever is a good policy. But sometimes accepting the fact that time does exists should be followed by all the people. For instance, I may go to the doctor at the right time of appointment but the doctor may be busy with a phone call ar talking with a medical representative and sometimes it will happen that he will not be in a position to give right appointment. Similarly in the work place if the higher official is not available at the right time of interview then it really matters. So the concept of time should be accepted universally by all the humanbeings. jayagowri@yahoo.co.in beawinnerindia.com
@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
9 Dec 07
hmmmmmmmmmm time does exist and is the 4th dimention x,y,z and all , in THIS place and time maybe a nice chicken soup with parsley sage rosemary and simon and garfunkel even and descartes b4 the horse even ne way, without clocks people ARE way more free weird how they were invented for showing up for prayers and now they are there in time clocks and punchcards etc. we have to be ON TIME !!!!!!! German people like that sort of thing. Maybe some caution is due.
@Anni71 (25)
9 Dec 07
i must be one of those quirky people because the only clock in my house tells the correct time but it is a backward clock design (which means all the numbers on the clock are printed on opposite sides and the hands go anti-clockwise). this way i feel for me works. maybe i should have been in descartes time, prayers at sunrise, lunch at noon and bedtime at ??? urm 9 I guess. thanks for you comment and have a great day
• India
8 Dec 07
I am not time conscious. This time consciousness makes things complicated and develops a sort of pressure in the mind of humanbeings. Animals and birds are rather free,happy and comfortable because they follow nature's law and are not time bounded. Men are discomfortable and suffer from various ailments physically and mentally because they are time driven right from birthtime that is the time of arrival to ths world. Its right that one should do things at the right time but not at the cost of deadlines and pressure. jayagowri@beawinnerindia.com
@Anni71 (25)
9 Dec 07
yeah that definitely sounds the healthiest and most peaceful way to manage 'time' pressures.
@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
14 Dec 07
You cannot ignore or deny the time factor-it is the most crucial determinant of life-every aspect of life is guided by a cronometer-you know your being born, your growing, your wealth building and success is never an overnight scenario-it is something that only time can bring about-it is sad that people often abuse or fein ignorance the unimportance of time, I want you to give time a serious second look because any time wasted will never be recovered, and time is perhaps the most under valued resource around us!
• Malaysia
14 Dec 07
maybe it's not that complex. it's just that sometimes we can't undo what that is done even if we want to. it's like that if we miss a chance, there won't be a second chance. =D