Uh, this is a big topic. BIG. Fewer topics bigger than time. But it is something so bred into us, our understanding and regimentation of it, so unconsciously received as kids, reinforced again and again throughout most of our days, that we accept it as a given. The idea that time existentially exists. I suggest to you that it does not. I think it is a base level form we give to live, we apply to life, to give us the feeling of form and substance.
Wow do I want to reread and, perhaps, rewrite that first paragraph. Not because I think I am “wrong” but because I think I am “right.” Because time, our belief in time, is so core to our functions as individuals, so important and useful in our function, in the function of society and in meeting up with friends, that we do not see or know it is malleable. I am going to say it. Time bends.
Those of us interested in scifi have explored this idea of bending at times. We do it two times, three times, in Star Trek alone that I can think of. Likely many more. Through a special portal in a show from the original series, “Tomorrow Is Yesterday,” originally airing January 26, 1967; “Journey’s End” March 26, 1994; “Perpetual Infinity” March 28, 2019, the last one, I readily admit, the least remembered by me though the most recently viewed (only when it originally aired). I am going to go back and watch the two earlier episodes now. (Not now now, but soon. That soon will likely have been before you are reading this.)
The whole movie Interstellar with Matthew McCongengy and let’s not forget Arrival with Amy Adams are all about the time and the bending in itself thing.
(TV show and movie links are to IMDB.com)
There are loads of others. That Jules Verne book with traveling to the future. I looked all the above up to get their links and dates; this one, the Verne book, I really had to look up. It’s a haha on me because it, of course, has the simplest title:
The Time Machine.
As far as science and physics are concerned about them I know less, that is to say, not much at all. I do understand that time changes in excessive gravity, at least theoretically. Also, that spooky action at a distance, aka quantum entanglement, that Albert Einstein talked about seems to me to have very much to do with time: something happening to something over here also, simultaneously, as we measure and understand time, happening somewhere else at the same concurrent time.
(both of the last two links are to Wikipedia.org)
I am excited to think and write more about time in my later, (likely, your past). That’s a a good thing as the last ten days of MOMENT are devoted to it.
Right now, my time, gotta jump. Time for me to go.
How could I forget Loki. (Also IMDB.com)