11 July 2012

Time Is Relative

اَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَا تُهُ

I really should be digging through my mountain of work, but frankly, I think if I don't find an outlet to all these things, I will literally explode. So, Blogger, shut up and do your thing!

The concept of time is very interesting. You can ask someone what is a laptop, and chances are he/she will do a good job explaining it (given that they know what a laptop is). Similarly, go and ask a five-year old what's a tree. He/she can not only describe it, he/she may even draw it up for you on a piece of paper (given they've seen a tree before, they can at least form incomplete sentences, you can comprehend their language, and the availability of the said piece of paper. And pencil. Or pen. Complete with colouring pencils if you'd prefer).

But ask this: "What is time?"

Ask this to anyone. Ask this to the person next to you. Ask your parents. Ask a professor. Ask me. Ask yourself.

"What is time?"

Then, chances are you'll say "Time is....well...time is time!" or "Time is the hour of the day - whether it's day or night" or "The time is now 11:41 p.m".

We all have a sense of time. We know when we're on time. We know there's a time for eat, sleep, even time to shit. We know we are limited to 24 hours of time in a day. We know a lot about 'time' but at the same time, we do not know "What is time?"

I once read an article on 'time'. Some smart guy who wrote the article said "Time is what you measure with a clock". Pretty smart of him eh? 

To a certain extent, I'd say he's right. Just as length is what you measure with a ruler, just as weight you measure with scales, time is (like he said) simply what you measure with a clock.

But then, why do some people get more out of their seemingly same amount of time given as compared to others. Each of us are given 24 hours a day, but not all of us accomplish the same things. Efficiency, skills, knowledge and all variables aside, shouldn't you and me both be physics professors by now? 

The simple answer is: NO. And you know why? Because time is relative to the individual. Ever been through this scenario:

--You and a friend watch a movie together. The movie duration is 1 hour 36 minutes 21 seconds and you both sit through the whole show. But at the end, your pal has this going through his brain "That was an excellent movie! A pity it was so short though." while you were thinking "That movie stinks! All the shows he picks always sucks. That was the longest movie in my life. But let's keep that fake smile on, because the ticket was on him anyways"--

Frankly, I don't see the point of me writing up this whole thing when my stack of work is still biting my brain. But, there you have it: time being relative and all.

Oh my, look at the time. I really should be going. I have 24 hours to spend, if and only if it is not my time to go.

Last point: what if your time is less than what you think you have? What if that watch you're wearing has more time in it than you have in your life? That would make you having less hours in the next day than me, wouldn't it?

God-knows... *shrugs* maybe my own time is up. Maybe, just maybe in less than 24 I'll be out of time. Since there are no sure way of checking, why do we still waste so much of this already scarce resource? Yes, I'm talking to the guy in the mirror.

"Time's up!"

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