The Arrow of Time and Man…

While man sees time moving forward, its actually stand still and man moves...

Question, how do we know that time exists at all?  As the timepieces we create are simply mechanical and electrical devices which move or operate in a rhythmic fashion at the direction of man.  As I can build a clock which will run either fast or slow, however in reference to what?  As children we are taught the rote concept that there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in every hour and 24 hours in a day and if we look back and ask why?  We will see that the reason is simple orbital dynamics as these are the averages which man has grown old with from watching the sun set to waiting for it to rise off the horizon the next morning.

Yet we’ve waxed here on the concept of time so this isn’t anything new yet from a humanistic even philosophical point of view what is time to the ego and id?  As shared before the technical backing for “time” is not one of duration as we simply seem to use that as a measure of our averages.  Yet it is just the movement from an ordered state to a disordered state.  In short this is entropy in action as have you ever purchased something and set it on a shelf for say a year or two as it wasn’t needed in the moment.  Then when the time arrived for the need, you went back to it in a year or two only to find it not working because as we would say “time has taken its toll” on it?  Yet we may “observe” these chaotic transformations of thing’s however they are still external to us and therefore subjected to the “law of observation” where the act of observing in itself changes what’s being observed.

The only true answer (and a bit of what Parfit in yesterdays post was trying to get at) we must look in ourselves for the answer as our ego and id are the “entities” which are internal to us rather than external as in the case of the day turning to night and back again.  As it’s our own mortality which holds for us the ultimate “proof” of the arrow of time. As birth marks the start of the preverbal clock as we enter the world in found order provided to us as a result of conception by our parents.  Yet as we grow older the first initial portion of life fools us as the law of observation provides a set of blinders as the belief of building order in the baby becoming a young adult is still a linear path to the invariable march to the end.  Yet having reached the end what have we found?

It’s here philosophy as with many disciplines be them art or science breaks down as at the alpha and omega things can’t be  explained .  Here the arrow [of time] is a line, a line has an infinite number of points, thus as one travels from one point to the next, there still remains the same number of points ahead of them meaning they perceived forward motion however achieved none and this [line] is “time” as the more the clock ticks, the more we in fact stand still…


About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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