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Time (part 2)

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In the first post on time we pictured time as a series of rooms, one after the other connected by doors. As you walk into a new room the door behind you is locked forever in the past and the future awaits through the next doorway. Now imagine that instead of one exit out of the room or present that there are multiple doorways for you to choose from. Each door leading to a new room again filled with more doors, branching constantly in new directions with new paths to choose from. Now we have options to choose from on which door to take, which room to go into. Instead of being forced along a singular path we have the power of choice. Instead of a singular route through the doors there are always different paths and directions that one can choose to move in with the only exception being the door you entered through. As before in the idea of B-series time all of the rooms already exist and it is up to you to decide which room you end up in.

 

This idea of multiple rooms simply waiting for you to choose and enter is similar to the idea one of the possibilities of a multiverse, the idea that every branching path of your life exists and you yourself are just living one of those versions. In the many-worlds interpretation of the multivers there are multiple versions of you reading this just as you yourself are and there are nearly other versions of you doing different things. Even the most outlandish acts are being done by some of your doppelgangers, some are robbing banks and committing crimes while others are the President, inventors, celebrities, etc. The choices that they made in their life as well as the circumstances around them allowed them to be something, someone else entirely. The differences can be as small as whether you brushed your teeth this morning or not to even something as different as whether you are still alive or not. Depending on what choices you made you are on a different branch of your life. Small decisions become major ones as each one compounds on one another creating a very different you.

“Anything can happen now that we’ve slid over this bridge, anything at all…”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The idea of the multiverse is pleasing to most people as it creates a version of us with no regrets. A version of us that made the ‘right’ choices in life and is happier than we are with our present version. Unfortunately no matter how similar those other versions of us are, they are not us as the experiences and choices that they have and made, made them different from us. They do not share the same memories and thoughts as we do. So while the idea of a ‘perfect’ version of us is pleasant we are still here, living our own unique lives.

We are in a single room at any given moment and the other versions of us are in different rooms as they chose different doors to go through. We do however have choices in front of us even though there are none behind. Which door will we choose to step through which future shall we make? Most of us lead our lives opening the closest door or the easiest one to step through, the path of least resistance and struggle. We are akin to a leaf floating down the river of time not knowing which direction it flows, where it turns and branches off, but like that floating on a river we can paddle and swim against the current to go where we want to go. If the idea of multiple worlds or universes is true than not only are multiple instances of the past and present true, but also the future. While we may not be where we want to be in our lives in the present the options are all there in the future not as maybes or possibilities but as actual real occurrences that you only need to reach. Not the President yet in this version of reality? It doesn’t matter as there is a future version with you as the starting point who becomes President. The real difference in making an effort is knowing whether or not you will succeed.

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the idea of the future already existing and an almost infinite number of possibilities already existing all it takes is finding the correct doors to walk through. We can however make a difference in the course of our lives. Each new door and room doesn’t have to be a complete mystery. There is a pattern, if you look hard enough and we can map a way to rooms we would like to be in. The rooms that we pass through might not be pleasant and some doorways are harder to enter than others, yet with perseverance we can reach the final destination of our choice.

PalHachi~

Time

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Imagine walking through an endless series of rooms. As soon as you step through a doorway the door is forever locked behind you. There is however a new door that opens up in front of you that takes you to the next room. Each room is different, some are bedrooms, others offices, kitchens, storerooms and so on. Moving through each room we can experience it while we are there, but once we leave it is only a memory never again accessible physically to us. As we reach the next door we are unaware to what room it will lead to just as the future is unknown to us.

Everybody understands time in their everyday lives and we all quantify time into set agreed upon standards such as second, minute and hour and also into longer periods such as day, year, century, etc. Much like how other things are measured such as distance, volume or weight we agree upon a quantifiable standard for time. Most of us also know that time is also something that we feel progress at different speeds depending on the individual or situation. Some moments seem to drag on for an eternity while in other circumstances they can seem to flash by in an instant. Time while having a measurable standard is also subjectively felt by the individual.

In general though everyone agrees that time flows in one direction, the arrow of time moving from the past through the present into the future. The past is already completed and done with and the present is where we currently are at any given time and the future is still an unknown with a multitude of possibilities. Things such as chance and circumstance can come into play making the future harder and harder to predict the further along we think about it.

Much like the first dimension of a simple line, we view time in the same manner. As we move through that line we can only see the single point that is the now or present. Even the past second that has passed us by cannot be relived in the same manner. As time flows we are pulled along. From one room to the next and the next the flow of time never ceases and never reverses, it simply moves forward into eternity.

This is the most accepted view of time, that time is a single fixed point moving along a singular dimension, that the past and future does not exist and only the present does. Commonly known as presentism in philosophy and the A-series of time in physics. The main issue that arises from the idea of the A-series is when relativity comes into play. Two objects moving at different speeds would be in different ‘presents’ as time would move differently for them. So what happens now for both objects could be very different. The present for one could be either the past or future for the other depending on speed.

“Time is an illusion.”
― Albert Einstein

The B-series of time points to the idea that there is no past, present or future. That all of time already exists. Much like the rooms, each location, each moment is already there and all we need to do is move forward to the next one.


The idea of time as tenseless, without the idea of past, present and future has been gaining some traction in the physics community as it tends to solve some of the issues that occur when using the A-series model.

When it comes to philosophy and religion the ideas of destiny, fate, predestination and so forth all fall within the ideas of B-series time. That the next room you you enter is already there and so is the next and next and all you need to do is reach the next room. In A-series of time the next room does not exist until you open the door and the past room ceases to exist once you close the door.

In either case whether you believe in the A-series or B-series everyone recognizes that we are currently in the present so make the best of it.

PalHachi~

 

Gravity

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Gravity is a natural phenomenon and also one of the most powerful forces in nature. Everything and anything in the known universe is affected by the pull of gravity and is what makes the Earth go round and round. The pull of gravity affects every single object in the universe from objects as large as planets and stars to things as small as atoms and the particles that it is composed of. Even in the deepest reaches of space there is the pull of gravity.

The basic concept of gravity is simple, everything exerts a pull and the more mass that it has and the closer you are to it, the stronger the pull. It is the force that keeps our feet on the ground and also the force that limits humans and most creatures to a two dimensional field.

One of the most unique aspects of gravity in physics is that it can transcend space and time and in theory, at the very least is beyond the four dimensions of space-time that we experience. The idea of gravity and the pull that it has in science is generally relegated to objects with mass, but since it is a power that affects both space and time we can apply it to a different aspect of our lives.

Gravity regardless of the power that it has is something that we can overcome with enough effort or force. Gravity naturally keeps us to the ground, but through science and engineering humans have been able to conquer it, flying high above the ground and even pushing it to the point where we can completely negate the pull of the Earth to reach out into space.

We easily recognize the power of gravity in the three dimensions, how objects of more mass from the Earth to the Sun exert more and more of a pull compelling other objects to be pulled into it’s sway. Even the idea of a black hole with enough gravitational pull to capture light in its grasp is a concept that we readily accept. Gravity as applied through the three spatial dimensions is not a difficult concept for us to grasp.

However how gravity affects us in the 4th and 5th dimensions of time is something that we never think about. When thinking of the 5th dimension we recognize that all possibilities exist, but for the average person we tend to be pulled into a very ordinary life, a life of mundane routine that is followed day by day. While there are and always have been individuals who have been able to pull away from mediocrity into greatness it is and has been limited to a small few. So what is the difference between an Einstein, a Churchill, a Christ and us mere blips in history? For those individuals that are remembered as changing the course of history to those of us who aren’t even worthy of a footnote, what is the difference?

In the idea of the living in the 5th dimension every possibility that our lives may have gone already exist. In most of those lives we are ordinary without anything ‘great’ to remember us by. In other lives though we have achieved greatness, whether it is to wealthy, successful, famous or simply happy with our lives. All of those possibilities not only have happened, but already exist.

For everyone even the greatest of the greats the gravity of their lives is towards the common, the typical and the most likely. In the near infinite possibilities of options in our lives and the choices that we make the greater mass is always towards the common, the typical, the ordinary. If we limit the near infinite possibilities of our morning to a feasible number like a hundred we come can see what the number or mass of the chances are. In eighty of those hundred worlds we drink a cup of coffee to start our day, in fifteen we drink orange juice and in four we don’t drink anything at all, but in one, just one of those possibilities we choose to drink a bottle of hot sauce. In 5th dimensional space-time all of those have already occurred, but for most of us we drink coffee as that has the highest number of possibilities, the largest mass and the greatest pull and so is the easiest way to go. We live a life of the ordinary because it has the highest probability of occurring in the different timelines and is the easiest path for us to follow.

In a tiny fraction of the near infinite possibilities that exist for us in space and time we do have the possibility of doing something amazing, something that would mark us in the pantheon of greats who changed the world, but the pull of normalcy is the strongest gravitational force applied to us. To pull farther and farther away from that pull we need to apply more and more force, much like the difference between the energy required to jump and inch to fly thousands of feet about the Earth to leaving the orbit of the planet as a whole. To reach better and better, to strive farther and farther we need to simply apply more and more of our own energy.

 

PalHachi~

Passivism and the Art of Doing Nothing

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I would like to begin by admitting that I am one of the great passive people on Earth and that I have mastered the Art of Doing Nothing. It’s the main reason why I started rethinking my life and writing down my thoughts and experiences. For those of us who simply go with the flow and are nothing but passengers in life the greatest sin that we commit is placing blame when it comes times to take responsibility.

Passivism is not the lack of action but the active choice of doing nothing which there are consequences to. In too many cases the passivist takes on the role of the victim and are quick to blame without realizing that our lack of action led to the victimization. By thinking ahead to what possibilities might occur or taking active precautions we can help safeguard ourselves from potential problems that may occur. Successful people tend to prepare for failure and try to minimize the damage that it may inflict. If we take a more active role to avoid, correct or change the circumstances in most cases we can change the outcome to something that is more positive.

A passenger in a car has little to no control in case of an accident and regardless of the circumstances is generally a victim, but looking further back the passenger always had the option to drive for themselves and accept the responsibilities of their life. It is easy to think that someone or something will always be on the lookout for us, to keep us safe whether it be family, friends or even God, but the reality is that in the end we are the ones who are ultimately responsible.

Passivism for me at least was always and attempt to take on as little responsibility as possible, but I realized that in reality it was just an excuse as I was still responsible for ceding control of my life to outside forces and then blamed outside forces when they fail.

Chances are if you feel that your life isn’t where you want it to be or you have hit rock bottom, the first natural reaction will be to place the blame on someone else. If you take the time to look back on the circumstances of where you and look for possible decisions and choices that you could have made you’ll soon realize that you are at the very least partly responsible and in most cases fully responsible for where you are in your life.

Understanding and accepting that you are ultimately responsible for yourself and must shoulder the responsibility yourself regardless of the circumstances is the first step in solving the problems that occur and can occur in your future. Taking on that responsibility forces us to be more aware of things that are happening around us and allow us to be ready for that rainy day. When you are capable of taking care of yourself then you’ll also know that you can help out others as well to build a supportive community and be an active participant in said community. Knowing that you are not just a passive observer in your life, but an active participant with the ability to enact change.

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