What Is Time?

Hello, World

A little while ago I wrote about choices and “what ifs”. While writing about that, I touched on the topic of time.

First of all, here is my take on “time”. It is absolutely infinite. It cannot be contained. It runs on forever in either direction. I believe that before there was anything, Time was a constant. Even if there was nothing to keep track of it, so to speak. Humans created the concept of time in order to do so. To organize past, present, and future, we need this thing called Time to make sense of everything that’s going on.

I also believe that all Time exists all at the “same time”.

Now let me explain.

The “time” I’m writing this exists exactly as that in which you are reading it. Still confused? Let’s keep going then.

What I’m trying to say is all of the past, present, and future exist in the exact same moment.

Right now the Declaration of Independence is being signed, I am writing this blog post, you are reading it, and the end of the world is happening. As far fetched as this may sound, I do believe in it. I don’t blame you for not or for even calling me crazy. The whole concept is insane. Time is something that was made so people could wrap their minds around an infinite “object”, understand it, and accept it.

Time to wake up. Time to go to work. Time to sleep. Moving along like clockwork… Did you see what I did there?

Anyways… Without this concept, I don’t think that we as a species can really process and appreciate life and the way it moves.

I think I blame part of my skewed sense of this on media. TV shows, movies, books, comics, manga. Every form of storytelling has shown so many different perspectives on Time. So, of course, I have to talk about at least a few of them.

Spoiler alert! If you, like me, hate spoilers then don’t read this next bit.

1. The Flash 

Okay, first off, the idea that someone could go so fast that they can “travel through time”.

They can “punch a hole through the fabric of reality” I believe are the words of Dr. Wells’ imposter, Eobard Thawne. Don’t quote me on that. This is demonstrated three times so far in the series.

The first time is the night Barry’s mom, Nora Allen, was killed. The Reverse Flash and Future Barry going back at the same time. I’ll call this Trip #1, T1.

Then again, when Barry attempts to stop Mark Mardon aka Weather Wizard (courtesy of Cisco Ramon who had just been killed by Eobard) by creating a wall of wind and accidentally going back. Or Trip #2, T2.

And then most recently, during the season one finale when Barry collides with a hydrogen particle to create a wormhole stable enough to go through. Trip #3, T3.

The part that I am most interested in is T3, when Barry experiences the Speed Force. Now being the huge nerd that I am, I found a slowed down version of this scene so I could see each scene in more detail (watch here Barry enters the speed force). We not only see the past and future but possibilities.

Now, season 2, the theory of the multiverse has come into play. I’ll probably write a separate post on that topic, something else I could talk about forever.

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hermione’s love of education drives her crazy as she tries to balance her overloaded class schedule with a Time Turner. She goes to a lesson, turns back time to go to another lesson that’s happening at the same time and her fellow classmates are none the wiser.

3. Doctor Who
I’m pretty sure any Whovian is able to quote the famous rant on time in the episode “Blink”.

People assume the time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually, from a nonlinear, nonsubjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.

-The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant

Throughout the episode Sally receives multiple warnings from the past, sent to her by the Doctor with help from a few others.  The messages on the wall of Wester Drumlins. The letters from Kathy Nightingale delivered by her grandson. And possibly the most important clue, the Easter egg videos placed on several DVDs by Billy Shipton.

By the end of the episode Sally voices the question everyone is thinking, “Where did he get all that information from?” Then she sees the Doctor and Martha. Everything clicks into place.

This is quite possibly my favorite example of bringing things full circle.

Well, I think that’s enough nerding out for one post.

What do you think about time travel? Any favorite examples that I didn’t mention? 

Until next time, good night World

Quill, signing off x

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