Tempus fugit. I have put up a new calendar, 2018. I have turned the page on 2017.
I have, of late, had conversations with a few people my age who express some sense of urgency because “time is running out.” I have also been part of a conversation about “what exactly is time anyway?”
We spend time and say that time is money. I suppose if time is money we can run out of it. On the other hand: “Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy — Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Time must be precious since we are often urged not to waste it. Charles Darwin once said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
We have heard that time heals all wounds. Although Rose Kennedy amended that: “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
Goodreads has 7343 quotes relating to time. I haven’t read all of them, but I somehow doubt that if I do I still won’t be able to say what time is.
Ancient Greeks and some Native American civilizations viewed time as circular, the wheel of time turning, having no beginning and no end. Judeo-Christian thought views time in a linear manner. moving in a straight line from creation to the end of time. Sir Isaac Newton discussed time as dimension in which events can be placed in sequential order.
The philosopher Emmanuel Kant felt time is not an actual dimension but a human concept that allows us the sequence and compare events. Buddhists, Kabbalists, new-agey mystics view time as an illusion or a paradox. And Albert Einstein said, “Time is an illusion.”
Of course, I don’t have philosophical understanding, spiritual development, and certainly not the tremendous brain power of Albert Einstein so I won’t speculate on the nature of time. I can see time as a wheel, or as a line. I can see it as a concept and I can vaguely grasp the relativity of time as a notion. Why wouldn’t time be an illusion?
I do believe everything changes so whatever time is, it must change too. The change of year is kind of an artificial construct, but if 2018 brings a sea change, I am all for it.