24 November 2017

What is Time?

09 January 2017

Noun: The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present and future regarded as a whole.

Verb: plan, schedule or arrange when (something) should happen or to be done. [Google]

Breakdown (a): ‘The indefinite continued progress of existence....’ meaning time cannot be measured because it has no end and this progress of existence is measured according to a measurement base that cannot be measured. Cannot be measured? How about through age? Then we measure from the time we were born, the years we’ve inhaled oxygen and exhaled carbon dioxide (because we cannot necessarily used the word “lived” because that alone would need to be unpacked) then until the day the breathing process stops and we cease? “ Age ain’t nothing but a number” I’ve heard too many times and I found myself drawn towards believing that phrase because really, year after year a number is added to our being alive but strange as to how many things can stay the same in this addition situation. It is possible for a seven year old to utter and demonstrate wisdom much more than a 23 year old, all depending on what they are exposed to because the brain develops when life begins.

Take your age and that of another; if they are not the same then the difference is a number. Take your age again and that of another of the same number and measure possessions, accomplishments , successes and recognition, that’s when the time pressure creeps in because you found a measurement base but even that base doesn’t measure everyone else’s. if we knew when we were going to die as we are busy inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, the things which we choose to occupy ourselves with as we age would be totally different regardless whether we are where we want to be in our age or not at the present moment because we would be certain of when our existence would conclude. Believe it or not but no one would be looking at another to match against themselves because chances are one would die before the other.

Breakdown (b): ‘...and events in the past, present and future regarded as a whole.’ The past is what we had, the present is what we have and the future is any moment from the present. There are a lot of things that applied in our past which do not apply to our present and possibly won’t find their way into the future. How often do we regard the past in order to act presently? The things of the past may not affect the present if the present is different, “times of the past verses times of the present” even the words used in the participating phrases are different. The present events have a way of nullifying those of the past because in actual fact what matters is the present and because the future is uncertain and the past has gone.

How often do we plan, schedule or arrange for something to be done and it all doesn’t happen accordingly? Does the failure thereof mean that time was wasted? Which time would this be and can we only declare that time was used effectively if things go as planned, scheduled or arranged? The plan, schedule or arrangement is fulfilled when it actually happens not when time dictates.

Day exchanges for night and night for day as the earth rotates. Time was created to measure that process, hence the clock. We don’t change as time changes ,we chance when we become aware of who we are and use the time thereof to do what we were created to do and be who we were appointed to be before this very concept of time. Time was made to serve us, not for us to serve time. A lot can be done at any time and serve purpose. That is why we become overjoyed when we accomplish whatever we set no matter when we attain it, completely disregarding the moments we’ve failed to. That is why we can still get our first job at age 30 and still do all that we wanted to do. That is why we can have our first babies at age 40 and still be the parents we are supposed to be. That is why we can still get married at age 50 and still enjoy the benefits of marriage as promised. Time is a factor, it happens as a result.


Lethabo Tsiri
latsiri@gmail.com

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