Jim Westergren
About me, my projects, SEO, Web Development and Personal Development since 2005
"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas A. Edison

What is time?

What is time?

Often the immediate concept that comes to mind is a clock, watch or a calendar, but what really is time?

This is perhaps a very confused subject and you often hear: "I have no time.", "Time is money.", "I need to be on time" and so on.

And for example the Einstein theory of relativity makes the subject for ordinary people just even more confused.

Let us assume time would stop, what would happen?

I tell you what would happen. Nothing would move. As "The illusion called time is composed of altering of the particles position in space" and "Alteration is the basic manifestation of time". (L. Ron Hubbard, 1951)

Everything moves, all the time. Time is measered from instruments which from beginning comes from natural movements such as the sun and the planet as well as the moon.

Let us assume that suddenly something happens and the planet would circulate slower around its own axel. Let us say it would take 30 hours instead of 24.

Now to the key question, would you have more time?

Perhaps in the beginning that is what would be experienced. But I am pretty sure that after a month or two people still claim to not have enough time.

Imagine when you where a child and there was a lot of commotion and a lot of action. Life was fun and time appeared to be over before you even noticed it - mother coming and telling it was over. And it was always as it was most fun. This even though the child was gone for the whole afternoon.

Then imagine when you another day had to go and visit the old grandmother. It was boring and the time went very slow, very very slow.

Once when I was a kid and I had to tell my little brother - who had no concept of words such as hours, minutes and so on - that mam comes back in one hour. I told him: "Mother comes back after one 'Donald Duck'" as Donald Duck cartoon last for one hour and he saw this each week, thus I assumed he would understand. But now to my point, the next hour of waiting for mam was probably experienced 10 times longer then the hour of cartoon. Does time then not have something to do with the person?

I know a person saying that she has no time to write a letter to me during the last months and I know a person (myself) who is working 80 hours a week but still makes it to write a novel.

What is the difference?

You create time by being effective. When you see something to be done, do it immedietly and work fast. Only then can you really say that you have more time. A person saying "I don't have time to do X" is just saying the X is not considered a priority for this particular person - otherwise the person would organize himself in a way to get X done. My father told me a good counter-statement to somebody stating that they don't have time: "Do you watch TV?" if the question is "yes", then ok the person has time to do even more things.

Let us speculate as to what time really is.

Could you have time without a viewpoint? Certainly not. It has to be "viewed" and then an idea about it's passing has to be created or "considered".

Thus the viewpoint is the key ingradient and not so much "it" itself.

So we found the answer easy; time is what you consider it to be. "A consideration" as Mr. Hubbard writes, and that is all.

4 Dec 2005

About the Author Jim Westergren Jim Westergren is a Swedish web entrepreneur currently living in Spain. He is happily married and has three lovely children. Some of his interests are web development, SEO and writing.
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