On Time and Space
The fundamental question to the riddle of the universe is, ‘What does time have to do with space, other than the fact that they are on the same plane of existence?’ Matter and space are one thing. It exists in 3 perceivable dimensions. Time exists in only one dimension and moves in only one direction: forward. Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Time is completely unlike this and just goes on, but in a similar fashion, can also neither be created nor destroyed. What is the true relationship between matter and time? When physicists examine black holes, all their equations go down the drain. Nothing makes sense. There is no equation to essentially explain the physics behind what goes on in a black hole. To find an answer to the question of the true relationship between space and time would be to find an explanation to the true nature of a black hole.
Imagine for a moment that I was able to bring an ancient Roman from his time period into ours. Imagine the wonderment he would exhibit upon looking at street lamps and other lit objects. He would ask how such things are illuminated. Then we’d explain to him about electricity. He’d inquire about electricity’s relationship to the Gods. We would then have to explain to him that electricity has nothing to do with such supernatural forces. Electricity is merely the interaction of electrons within atom, and we’d have to explain what atoms are to him as well. This would all seem extremely strange to him, but he would understand eventually. Most importantly, after being taught everything, he’d turn to us and exclaim how foolish all his notions of his pagan Gods were. He would be completely enlightened. Now let us stand in the shoes of this Roman, and project ourselves into the year 3,007 when humans have discovered the relationship between time and space and our ‘theory of everything’ is complete. Would we not then turn to our teachers of the future and proclaim how foolish we feel about our past notions of God and other absurd supernatural metaphysical beliefs? We would reflect upon our idea of death and the afterlife and connect with their discovery (for example, upon dying, our energy exits this dimensional plane of space-time and enters another one beyond it, or something to that tune). The answers are out there, and slowly we are unraveling the true nature of the machine we live in that we call the universe. One by one, we are dissecting each cog, figuring out how it relates to the other cogs and how the machine works. For there is no doubt, that the universe truly is a machine, governed by natural law and order, a divine law that supersedes all other laws. The laws of gravity, buoyancy, thermodynamics; these are all rules that something has set in motion. These are all mechanisms which drive this machine, and eventually we’re going to come upon the rule that explains what everything has to do with everything else: the nature of life, death, and the fate of the universe. It’s only a matter of believing that such a point in time exists, even if it beyond our own period of existence.
On the Significance of Alternate Realities
As Michael was descending down his hill to his home, he caught a glimpse of the San Fernando Valley after a day of rain. The evening had brought in clear skies and the weather was clear and crisp. The rain had driven out the smog that polluted and beleaguered the denizens of this giant pit in the Earth. The lights of the Valley were glimmering and sparkling. It was a beautiful sight for Michael, one that he had been accustomed to, having descended the hill in his car for years now. But this one particular evening was different for him. As he caught that glimpse of the shimmering extension of the suburban agglomeration below him, he thought for a moment, ‘What if what I were looking at isn’t really supposed to exist?’ He began to ponder the implications of living in an alternate reality, a reality that had deviated off the original ‘track’ of what had once been ‘true reality.’ As his eyes took in the gleaming lights and his mind churned with thoughts and contemplation, he began to place himself in different eras of history to help gain a better understanding of what he was pondering. He began to mark the different points in history that helped bring him to where he was now (for time is more than a when, it is also a where, as he had so come to believe). He thought for a moment that if the ancient Classical world was never re-discovered and the Renaissance were to have never occurred and that humanity had remained in the Dark Ages, the lights before him would turn to darkness. The city before him would never come to exist, at least not in the form that he had seen in it. What if the per-chance happening of the re-discovery of the Classical world never occurred?
Why did humanity take for granted the progress they had made? Why did they believe that such things simply ‘happened’ in the grand scheme of things, that electricity be discovered and lights be lit? What if this was merely an alternate reality that he had been born into, completely oblivious to the several alternate ones out there, including the ‘true’ one they had all deviated from? It is completely possible, if not entirely provable. Perhaps, he thought, that upon death, one simply slipped from this reality to another one. This ‘time period’ that he had been living in was merely one locale upon many locales existing simultaneously. He began to objectively examine a person’s lifetime, from start to finish. He realized that if you look at it in terms of a start-to-finish perspective, it becomes more like viewing a location than a period of time, because the way that time period looks is so drastically different from what other time periods would look like, either before or after that person’s lifetime. If one were to truly perceive a lifetime in this manner, then they would surely be able to envision the possibility of multiple instances of ‘time’ as well, existing along differing dimensional planes. There would be no way for humanity to be knowledgeable of this fact, but it could be possible. It could be possible, Michael thought, that there was another 2007 AD in which humanity never came out of the Dark Ages, that humans were living life just as they were in 1000 AD. For the first time, he acknowledged that there was no need to be ‘thankful’ to live in this period of time because it could just be one instance out of many, and that if he were living in a time prior to this, he’d be oblivious to the fact that such a time/place could exist in the future in the first place, making it a non-issue. If time and circumstance are non-issues, what was he pondering about in the first place? He looked on into the Valley before him, astonished that the glimmering lights had sparked such spontaneous, fervent mind-wandering. He knew he had to write about it as soon as he got home, and sure enough, he mustered the energy to do so.
Quotes of the Moment:
“A book, like a person, has its fortune with one; is lucky or unlucky in the precise moment of its falling in our way, and often, by some happy accident, counts with us for something more than its independent value.” -Walter Pater, Marius the Epicurean (1885); English Essayist [1839-1894]
“The victorious warrior enters battle knowing he has already lost.”
“Four and a half billion years after the planet’s creation, one of Earth’s life forms broke free of the biosphere. For the first time in history, Earth was viewed from the vantage of space.”