The Mystery of Time

Time is a mysterious thing we live with everyday. Time is virtual as opposed to physical, because we cannot see or touch it. Time is free, which we live and sleep through. Nevertheless, we have to yield when the time allowed is up. This also makes time precious because of the limits imposed upon us. Time is so personal for it belongs to the individual only. It cannot be borrowed, bought, or given away to someone else.

According to scientific theory, time originates from the Big Bang that created the universe some 14 billion years ago. It started with an incredible explosion from a point called “singularity” that gave rise to the stars and planets, and space, too. Through the years, while everything else evolves, dies or is created, time seems unchanged and moving on. So time conveniently serves as a standard reference for humans in the study of evolution and changes. All we need is to go back to an earlier period and find out what was happening during that time.

Although unable to exercise control, we have turned time into an immense working tool by inventing the clock, the calendar and other timepieces to keep track of its passage. We understand the importance of the passage of time because it governs when and how things will function or last.

The clock and the calendar fulfill a special function that is very important for the working of a modern-day society. It enables the standardization of the perception of time across different cultures of the world, such as one day consists of 24 hours and one hour has 60 minutes, and so on. This enables industrial production, commerce and other activities to proceed smoothly in synchronization. Imagine what the world would be like if different cultures stuck to their own methods of keeping time.

As individuals living in a modern society, we are programmed by the standardization of time. We work generally from 9 to 5. We breakfast before work hours, lunch in between, and dine afterward. Then we play and sleep the rest of the day. This artificial schedule strains the human spirit. That is why occasionally we take time off for relaxation and recreation.

The common complaint is that there is not enough time to do the things we want to do. Did people living before the standardization of time feel the same way? It would be interesting to find out. In the meantime, may I suggest a solution for you to consider. Time is not what you have, but what you make. If you pursue something with enough passion, you’ll always find the time to do it. This is how you command the mystery of time!

(February 2012)

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