The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Einstein
Geewits posted a rather brilliant discussion the other day in which she “scientifically” and “mathematically” proves that days are not all the same length and that, as we’ve long suspected, Saturdays and Sundays are much shorter than other days of the week.
Time is weird like that.
Every philosopher and physicist that ever walked the planet has a theory about time. Every science fiction movie, book or television show has a theory about time. None of them believe time is just the unidirectional progression most of us take for granted.
I don’t even pretend to understand most of these theories. But I do have my own philosophies about time:
- You can’t save time. Time is, in fact, not money or anything like money. No matter how many corners you cut or how many time-saving devices you have or time-saving tricks you employ, time will go by. You can hoard your money to spend later on. But, no matter how much time you save, there will never be a bucket of saved-up time from which you may draw. By the same token, you also can’t spend time. You do not possess time, so you can’t dole it out.
- You can’t waste time. There is no such thing as “time quality” or “quality time”. Time just is. It’s you that’s being wasted or not wasted. The activities in which you chose to engage over the course of your life do nothing to make time better or worse. They only make you better or worse.
- Time is neither fleeting nor running out. Time doesn’t crawl, fly or stop. Stop anthropomorphizing time. By doing that, you’re only pushing off responsibility for your own life on a barely-understood concept – like god. And like god, time is also not on your side. Time is non-partisan.
- Time does not heal all wounds. If you get shot in the head, you can wait a really long time and it will not get better.
- You can’t kill time. But time will undoubtedly kill you.