I have always thought the concept of time an interesting curiosity. It is often said that time is a man-made concept; however, I do not think this is an accurate assessment. The only fabricated concept of time is how we fraction it into seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. We have decided for ourselves that there will be 24 hours in a day, but there’s only 12 hours in a clock. We split the daily cycle into an AM and a PM, but nobody even knows what they stand for. So much of time we don’t understand; and yet, we all think ourselves masters of using our time to the best of our abilities.
When pondering time, one must take into consideration Albert Einstein’s idea that time is relative. To put it simply, time moves slower if you are moving very fast, or if the gravity is greater. This may sound far-fetched, but it has been proven, or at least supported, by many experiments. For example, one experiment used atomic clocks to prove general relativity (that is, time is relative based on gravity). One clock was placed at the top of a water tower and the other was placed at the bottom. In time, they found that the clock at the bottom of the tower ran slower than the one at the top.
My theory of relativity is not based on science; I’m not nearly as smart as Einstein or Neuton. My theory is just based on the things I see in my everyday life. Ask yourself one question: if you are spending time with somebody, and you perceive time to be going very slowly, does the other person perceive time in the same way? If you’ve ever been employed at a department store then there’s a chance you’ve been scheduled for work at 11:00 am on a Tuesday. And if you have, then its possible that that day dredged on for centuries. And if both previous statements are true, then it is conceivable that you turned to your coworker and uttered something along the lines of “could this day BE any slower?” (a la Chandler). To which your coworker would reply “I KNOW!”
You see, I believe that people’s perception of time are the same as the people around them. Also, while, two people in one place may be experiencing the slowest day ever, their friends could be in another place and have the day briskly fly by. It all depends on where you are. There exist, what I am calling perception bubbles (not to be confused with bubbles of perception coined by Juan Matus or Steven Lehar’s Bubble Perception Theory).The idea behind these perception bubbles is simple: time is relative to speed and gravity; but our perception of time can change even though the gravity nor the speed at which we are traveling has changed drastically. These perception bubbles form around each person, because everybody has their own perception of time. When people meet, hang out, or even talk on the phone, their bubbles collide and take new form. Now they are all in the same bubble and perceive time in the same way.
In addition, my theory also applies to our terms of explaining time to ourself. I’m calling this stature the Opposites Attract Clause. Allow me to explain: If the hours are long, the day is short. If the days are long, the week is short. If the weeks are long, the month is short. This phenomenon occurred to me one day when I realized that even though every hour of the day was excruciatingly long, it felt like just a few minutes had passed since I got out of bed. And the next day I remember the hours being gone before I knew they had started, but the day seemed to drag on forever.
In short, time is an amazing concept and no one mere blogpost can summarize it all. And don’t get me started on time travel, that’s a completely new concept with many more complexities (both physics related and morality based). But I hope my theory gave you something to think about. Please, let me know what you think; do you think I’m right or wrong? Have you experienced something similar? Feel free to share whatever you like down in the comments below.
Until next time, happy quandering!