Time

Time , for me , is one of many concepts which we have taken granted by us in our understanding. We think that “time is passing or running each and every clock tick and we dont go deep to know more about it. And so this blog is to question the basics of it and give a small attempt to go deeper in our understanding of “Time”.

All of the things that we know are either we have invented (created) them or we have discovered(found/observed) them. So in that sense is the “Time”  just an observation(discovery) or an human’s own creation (Invention) ?

May be to answer this let’s first see some other things e.g. sound, is sound observation or creation ? Well , you can say it’s a human sensory observation of pressure waves for which we gave a word “sound” . Other languages has different words for this observation. Lets go further , did sound exist before humans ? Well yes, sea waves make sound when landed on rock or simply pool of water splashes on other water pool or any object , the friction between them makes sound waves. But importantly we need some medium to have sound. No medium no sound. On earth we have atmosphere (air) so we have sound here but not in space. e.g. on moon, there is no sound there. So we can say that sound source along with medium makes sound which we observe ear.

So to summarize, sound is an observation/discovery by sensory living beings in the presence of sound transferring medium. And we can say we need  Source ,Medium and Sensor to surely know existence of sound.

Can we generalize this above statement for every observation or discovery of human being and say  : “Every discovery or observation made by human begin needs Source (or the thing itself) , medium (to reach our sensors) and sensor (e.g. eye ,ear,touch etc)”.

With this new framework can we judge if “time” is our observation/discovery ?

First of all do we have source for “Time” ?  No, not that is known today. There is no known things which can create time.

Can time be sensed by us ? How?  Eye , skin, tongue , ear, nose are not for sensing time.

Does time require medium to reach out to humans?   As there is no source we cant think of medium it uses.  But at experience level let’s hear some general arguments which brings some logical points to show existence of time. (Contradiction to each logical point is explained after each point.)

One can say we observe time by notion of observing something changing and we can say it was past and this is present. ==> But if we remove eye and ear and deactivate your touch sensor and you can’t smell and the tongue is removed,  does that mean “time” does not exists for that person ?  He still ages and for other person’s how are seeing him growing , time exists.

We see clock ticking and that may show time is passing. ==> Well then my argument would be I have stopped clock, does that mean time is frozen ?

We age , we die. This may show time is passing. ==> But what happens in space- there is nothing out there. Nothing dies and noting ages there , so no time there ? What is your aging and dying has to do with time ?Is it just the changes we see in living being makes existence of time ? Or it’s existence is based on location, i.e. there is time on earth as there are living beings v/s there is no time on Mars as there are no beings there out ?

We have past memories and future thoughts , that may represent there is time. ==> Isn’t  it your consciousness which helps you to work on memory. So may be here your consciousness has something to do with past and present things.

So far “time” is not direct sensory observation but we see some relation with consciousness.

In the next part of this series i.e. “Time-Part 2” we will together find more about time.

Thanks for visiting Purity and I hope you have some nice thoughts to take with you today. Keep visiting.

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