Perhaps this might be a sidetrack from my usual posts on political issues, but this blog is named “Philolitics” which caters to both Philosophy and Politics, and perhaps it’s time to do a few philosophical posts.
What exactly is “time”?
I think we can all agree that time is an interval that elapsed between two events. Theoretically, time exists as the 4th Dimension.
However, we have to remember that this definition of “Time” was determined by humans. In reality, the concept of time is nothing but a theory, as it currently remains impossible to find out what “time” really is, considering that time is something that cannot be seen, felt or even measured.
The human concept of “time” is a linear concept. The default perception of time by all humans is that time is linear. It has a beginning, a present and an end. Time, as we know it nowadays, is basically a tool invented by humans to aid us in our daily lives.
But, well, is time really “linear”? No one knows for sure, you won’t know, I won’t know, even Albert Einstein won’t know. Only the powers that be, if they exist, know the fact. All we can perceive with our human minds is limited.
Have you ever thought of the prospect that time may not be linear? If time is not linear, it will open up lots of interesting ideas. The ideas of time travel, reincarnation and parallel existences are all possible when time isn’t linear. A term used to describe non-linear time is “cyclical time”, but to make it simpler to understand, I will use the term non-linear time.
When time is linear, you can only move forward in time, there is a beginning and there must be an end. You cannot go back in time, although you can move far into the future, if you are travelling at a speed close to the speed of light.
When time isn’t linear, there is no beginning and no end, simply a present. You can either go back into the past, go into the future, reincarnate, and even reincarnating into a previous era!
Since I am an atheist, you might think that I am crazy to even contemplate something like this, that I am contradicting my own thinking! To clear up any misunderstanding, atheism is just simply the belief in a lack of God. The belief in a non-linear time has nothing to do with atheism or God, for the matter.
I am curious, I love exploring, I believe in non-linear time. Quantum physics is intriguing. I don’t rule out anything with regards to time travel.
I want to travel into the past, I want to explore how life was in the past, I want to experience a Native American life, and the era before Columbus arrived on American shores.
I want to experience life in the post World War II era in Britain, where Britain was actually Great, and not the rotten state Britain is in at the moment.
I want to experience life in Ancient China. I want to experience life in the era of Camelot. I want to experience many things that we won’t get to experience in the present. I want to re-live the memories of my schooling days. I want to re-live the memories of so many fantastic experiences and holidays. I want to visit loved ones who has passed away. (I am no religious zealot, I’m an atheist as I have mentioned.)
Perhaps time travel into the future, a thousand years into the future will also be welcomed, even though that isn’t as important to me as traveling back into the past.
That is why I am so intrigued with non linear time, the concept of it, and the possibilities it opens up. As long as no man can define the true meaning of time, there is always this possibility that time is in fact non-linear, and I can hold hopes of going back into the past and experiencing things that is impossible in the present and modern era.
As for the prospect of reincarnation, it is genuinely mind-boggling. There are tons of accounts out there with regards to a past life. Go to Google and type in “James Leininger”. That particular case is just spooky, yet mind-numbing.
When time is non-linear, the prospect of reincarnation is very likely. To believe in reincarnation, you will have to believe in things such as souls. I don’t really hold belief in such “supernatural” things, but even though you might disprove the existence of certain things, as long as there is no conclusive evidence, the dismissal of such things might seem narrow-minded, even when “God” is the entity at the centre of the dispute.
Logic and common sense might play a part in coming to the conclusion that God doesn’t exist, I am a firm atheist, yet if anyone can prove me wrong, I gladly welcome that, I am always open to all possibilities. That’s the same for my stance on reincarnation. I don’t necessarily believe in it, but if time is discovered to be non-linear, you cannot rule out the possibility of reincarnation.
Parallel universes are also possible when time is non-linear as well. When time has no beginning and no end, and spans across various dimensions rather than the traditional 4th dimension, it opens up a lot of possibilities and that will open up the possibility of us having a parallel self. We might exist on Earth, but we also exist on another planet, or even planets far away in other galaxies. We should consider the fact that we might not have one parallel self, but even several hundred parallel selves! The number of permutations is endless!
The human mind is amazing, despite its limited capabilities in the grand scheme of things. While we won’t know for sure if time is linear or non-linear, our mind can comprehend such possibilities, and while we comprehend such possibilities, we have to ask ourselves, is there a limit to how much we can understand about our universe? Or is our brain limited to the extent where such complex concepts like the Concept of Non-Linear Time is far beyond the capability of our brains?
We won’t know for sure, and I am sure that as long as we are alive, we won’t ever know the answer. Perhaps time is in fact non-linear and you can travel back in time after your death? Who knows? Death will answer everything, but for us, the living, without a will there won’t be a way and we have to believe that we will unravel the answer one day, be it tomorrow, next week or even the next millennium.