The Illusion of Time
“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Albert Eisenstein said that once, now a quote stuck in time. Just to be clear I don’t think that time is an illusion, I think that way we chose to value our time and the power that we have given it, is a stubbornly persistent illusion. Time is relative, I’ve come to that conclusion, it flows in one direction, occasionally pulling things from the past along when it needs to. Like said before the power we as humans have given time is an Illusion, we have made this illusion, just like Gatsby did. He built a life that was a total illusion just for Daisy, but it was still a life based on your point of view.
In this day and age, our lives have so much more structure and direction, all built around the idea of time. We wake up to an alarm that forces our body to awaken. We quickly get ready for a day of events starting with us needing to be somewhere at sometime in the day. We look down at our clocks, and remember to eat lunch, dinner, and eventually go to sleep. That is our day right there. Some people might call this society’s structure. We are very unlike other species, and i hope you noticed that, see we have this idea of time and we let it control our lives. But all these other species don’t, they work when they need to and eat when they are hungry. Funny enough we did actually work like this, at one point in our lives, when we were children. As a child that is just how your life worked, you wake up when your body wants to, you eat when you’re hungry, play when you feel like it and eventually go to sleep when you feel tired. A child really doesn’t have that concept of time until a certain age when it all starts to kick in. To them each day is what it is, and there is no worry or concern about tomorrow or the day after.
Don’t think though that this is the perfect reality that we are missing out on, because it’s not. There is no such thing as perfect and reality is called a Utopia. Something fictional and made up. I know you all see time as valuable, but only when you want it to be. Obviously, then it becomes of value, because you desire it. To us as students in high school we quite often don’t value all of our time. We can value the minutes we are given for interval and lunch, like most people in life do, and those last couple minutes of the school day as they count down to the bell ringing, and the very short 4 hours of time we have for an internal to be due. But we don’t chose to value every other minute, hour or second. Why?
For me, it all comes back to how much value you place on the good big things, leaving only a small value on the smaller things.
I really like a quote I found during my speech research, it said, “Time is long but life is short.”
To break this down, time is to endless and complicated to understand so don’t waste your time thinking, or researching it, because life is to short to endure that hardship.