Want to try something cool? Check this out. Here’s something interesting in regards to time. You are reading this sentence. Now you are reading this one. And now this one. As you read this very sentence, I’m sure you think this moment – right now – is what is happening. Now, the moment in which you are reading these very words has already passed! That moment in time is no longer happening; this one is. Even as you read the word “peculiarity” which I placed in that set of quotations, it is already finished. Which begs the question, is there such thing as a present? Is there ever a period of time during which you can perceive an action and know that you are currently doing it, or will that period of time already be gone?
In short, is time ever actually happening, or is there only a past and a future, constantly updating themselves? Enough with the question marks. I’ll make a statement. Time does not exist.
The scientific outlook of reality is that we know things are real because our senses, which send messages to our brains, perceive them as such. We perceive our respective “realities” by that which can be known through the senses. The only way we can possibly describe those realities is through our senses. But what about that which doesn’t actually exist in the physical world? Things such as those can only “exist” within our minds, and we cannot sense them in any way at all. Therefore, we lack a way of perceiving them and then describing them. So it can be said that that which lacks a way of being perceived, therefore a way of being described, does not exist.
But what about gravity, one might ask? Gravity can’t be perceived, so by this logic, it shouldn’t exist. Seems like a conundrum, but not really. Gravity absolutely exists. It isn’t a material object that can be perceived by our senses, of course, but we know it makes objects fall. We can definitely observe that. We see the effects of gravity unfold in the material world. As such it is an accepted fact that gravity exists.
If time were to exist, we could prove it through something physical. How about a clock, though? Isn’t a working clock solid proof for time’s existence? Not really. A clock runs on springs and batteries, and nothing more. With the issue of gravity, a natural event occurs which, left alone, will always happen. It is an absolute law of the universe. We see that time does not work like that – the clock is a result of purely human intervention. We can’t perceive time and we really can’t describe it either. Conclusion: Time does not exist in reality.
Time, time, time. Side-thought: List as many songs you can think of about time, or with time in the title. I can think of several. Side-hint: Does time exist on the dark side of the moon? But maybe that’s a topic for a different day…
Regardless of whether or not time exists.