Monday, October 22, 2018

A different perspective on time

Do you feel how time is slipping through our hands? The older we get, as indiviual people and as an universal ecosystem, the more we feel the acceleration of passing moments. Every hour is suddenly shorter, every day passes quicker and even the clocks seem to be ticking faster. We're rushing around, a million thoughts running through our heads – memories, dreams, hopes and fears. And worst of all: We feel how our time is running out. Moving closer to the end, second by second.

A while ago I stumbled across a little video where a different perspective on time is offered. It's a bit spacy, perhaps even trippy. Deep and mind-blowing. I like it.

Here's a spaghetti. A spaghetti representing our linear time model.

There's a beginning and an end. The past is gone, the present is now and the future will be tomorrow. It's a very useful model to organize our busy days, our lifes and of course our minds. However, there is another way of looking at the spaghetti. All you have to do is change your perspective.

Suddenly everything happens at once. It's the same spaghetti but past, present and future have fused together into one big NOW. No beginning and no end – a parallel reality of memories and dreams, of inhalations and exhalations. A circular model of time.

What does this mean?

It means that it doesn't matter whether time is accelerating or not. If suddenly every hour feels shorter, and every day seems to pass quicker, then every moment becomes more and more important. And that's all there is anyway. Just this moment. Now.