Does time really exist?
Time flies, and weird thoughts on space and time. They say that time flies. That the older you get, somehow the faster the clock ticks. Well, since I am approaching 40 and fast, I needed to figure out some kind of credible explanation to this, so I ended up with this simple theory. Imagine that you’re 10 years old. Now, one year out of those ten, if you know your math, represents 10 percent. Now imagine you’re 100 years of age. That one year is now only a mere one percent. All things are relative. Which gives me some comfort. It’s not me getting older, it’s math doing its thing while my guitars are getting more of that nice patina. When I dug into the depths of my twisted and utterly confused mind, distorted from double kick drums and heavy metal guitars since the day I could walk, I came across some other fun stuff and interesting questions to bounce back and forth with you. So bare with me on these mind fucks. –
Does time really exist? What we know as hours, minutes and seconds are of course man made measurements. A second is at the end of the day nothing more than an agreement between us humans that the size of this very unit is supposed to be this and that long a period of time, which naturally derives from the orbit around the sun, yada yada yada… But no matter if we call a second a second or not, no matter how long that very second is agreed upon to be, let us imagine we split that second, that unit, into two. Now you have half a second. Or two actually. Let us now split one of those halves into two. Now we ended up with a quarter of a second. Let us now split that quarter of a second in half. You end up with… you guessed it: an eight of a second. Let’s… nah, you get the point. If, in theory now, we keep splitting those halves into oblivion and for all eternity (there’s a time measuring term again), can we ever come to a new second? Bottom line, does time therefore exist at all since we will be “stuck” forever inside the second we started to split? Food for thought.
But now for something heavier. – Do we really exist? Another funny thing to juggle with. Imagine that you’re being born at this very moment. The bad thing in this imaginary example is that you’re being born without any of the five senses. You therefore cannot smell, feel, hear, see or taste. Since you don’t have any senses, the five we know of at least, you can’t have any impressions or memories of the time spent inside your mothers womb. So, it is basically very dark, with no smells, no sound, you can’t feel anything and you can’t even taste your own mouth. The question is: Do you exist? I would say yes! You exist to the people around you. The doctors, nurses and your mother and father who have their five senses through human evolution. They can see you, hear you, smell you, feel and even taste you. But now for the chilling part: If they didn’t have their five senses, would any of you exist? Complete darkness is all that comes to mind, and a scary but at the same time humble feeling that we are actually only viewing this world and universe through our five relatively weak human senses. Can there be more to the universe than what we can understand? Hmmmm…? Somewhere out in space, I’m traveling on… [Gamma Ray, Iron Maiden]. Until next time! Thobbe