Time, Time, Time ...look what you've done to me....

Posted by Tuesday on November 09, 1999 at 15:34:01:

Time is just an idea.

The man with the copyright (patent?) on Relativity, Albert Einstein, is also quoted as saying, "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one". If reality is just a illusion, time should be considered just a kinda neat, sometimes useful, idea.
Everyone has had someone say "Today's just flying by!" and shaken off the desire to choke them, because their own day seemed to be going at a snail's pace. That's the relativity of time.
The only sensible way to deal with the concept of time is to purchase a wind-up (mechanical) watch. Quartz gives the illusion that time always exists, that it is continuous and measurable. Yet, you can look at your watch after spending what you are sure was a half hour in the library and see that you've actually spent - in measured time - two hours, and choose to defer to the watch's opinion, because we've all somehow, since the day we were first introduced to the concept of time, agreed to go by what the clock or watch or the phone company's number (TIGER-11) tells us.
Sometimes it is necessary to measure time. We work on schedules, but when we're not working, there really is no use for measured time. Wind-up watches are freedom from time. Time is there, when you need to measure it, and gone, dead-stopped, when you don't. No more ticking away, trying to make you submit to its blocked minutes, and hours. A day is simply from when you wake-up to when you retire. Everyone should take a few days to live without measured time. Experience the freedom.
Get up when you awaken. Be surprised that the sun is going down. Sleep when you can't hold your eyes open any more, and maybe see the sun rise before you do.

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