There is no ‘Present’, its either the ‘Near Future’ or the ‘Recent Past’ – George Carlin
Think about it. I heard this in George Carlin’s show he did for HBO in the 80’s. And I say to myself…hey it makes sense. He brought back my thoughts on a topic close to my heart…no! not ‘time’….but ‘perception and reality‘.
So lets understand this, TIME is a concept, a man-made concept, used by man to keep track of everything. So like many other standards, like the metric system, TIME is also a concept that makes an interesting concept to think about when you are doing nothing productive. That’s why I tend to think about it too most of the ‘time’.
So what is time? Who gets to keep it? What if the time-keeper of the time loses tracks of the time? Are there a special cult of people who keeps time like the special priests? Why are there different times and time-zones if time is a man-made concept anyways? I mean, why not make it simple when you are already making it up yourself. Just imagine those poor souls in the United States, they have to keep moving an hour backwards and forwards depending where they are…and also they have to keep up with times in different seasons too. Is that why US is so much of a developed country, since they keep up with their times…(ok that was a sad thought).
As he says, there is no present. The words that we created cannot describe the present at all. Because it is the past as soon as it the ‘second‘ passes. If the world collectively decided to move a year backward, how cool it will be? We can all grow a year younger, I think most of the ladies out there will start liking governments instantaneously …wow, I just discovered an amazing way to win females, gays and metrosexual men’s votes! (though I consider the so-called metrosexual men as gay, I have made a separate mention of them for clarity purposes!)
To think of it, there are different calenders too. I have been wished Happy New Year at least 3-4 times in a single year. And each of these calenders are like ages apart from each other too. So how did they get to make their preferred calender? Can I make one? Of course we can…the trick is to get others to accept the calender too. How did they decide that the year 2000 was the end of the world? Nothing could have happened to mankind anyways since people from Kerala are way back in the year 1182 (I swear on it) so they would have taken their own sweet time to perish…just like thousands of other communities.
Time is just another topic that interests me when it comes to perception and reality. The belief of reality, our belief in what is real. The movie ‘Matrix’ questioned some beliefs in this area and it made a lot of sense. The programmed way of life that we lead and the perception of reality….its amazing! I will blabber about that later maybe…I love a dialogue in that area! So I will write more on these topics in the ‘Near Future’.