Antiquity of Time

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Gas and dust swirling rapidly around the Black Hole before being pulled into it by powerful gravitational pull. Image Courtesy:
Gas and dust particles swirling rapidly around the Black hole before being pulled in by its powerful gravitational field. Image courtesy:

Einstein once said that the concept of time is an illusion, it is there so that everything doesn’t happen at once, affirming the fact that physical time is very different from the phenomenal one. It is one of the most powerful influences in our thoughts, our perceptions and our actions. The timeline of our lives, and our experiences therewith determines its’ relative existence .

The concept of  time, in our minds is conditioned as eternal ; and yet individual time isn’t. The perception of time to a 7 year old eating his cotton candy, will be very different than that of an Astronaut in space. There is a limit to our span of life here, and yet, the beginning and the end of time with respect to the Universe is or seems eternal. It is like a billion parallel Universes, where one is antiquated and constant, and the other burns itself out, in short bursts, and short periods. So essentially time is made up of a billion perceptions of it, relative to individual experiences.

In this dynamic Universe, which is in a state of constant flux, nothing really seems to end. When living objects die, bodies decay, turn to dust and back to the Universe to create new life. Stars evolve, age, explode or die, creating Supernovas, Black holes and white dwarfs. Stars in essence are the most reluctant to death and in ways most destructive in their death. And the greater energy required to form them, greater is their reluctance to leave. Large stars die as they are born – dramatically, in a great explosion creating the Supernova and the Black hole. In their destruction, they bid everything around them to perish in what they leave behind- The black hole or Gravity Wells, warping space and time.

We live in the hope of the hereafter, taking solace in the faith that time is eternal, that the generations after us, our genetic perpetuation, will inherit the essence and quality of time in this Universe as we have. And yet, it may not be the case. Einstein’s theory of relativity suggests otherwise. Time is matter’s sweet complaisant. It not only affects but is in turn affected by it. There will come a moment when time with respect to the Universe, could end. Everything would then cease to exist. And at this point, there will be no permanence of life nor matter, renewal or recovery. The end of time would be the end of all things, past, present and future.

Our age old hope of perceiving the existence of the Universe as a persistent symphony, in perfect synchrony, a never ending music to our ears,eternal, is a myth. Time can stretch itself, slow down, or self destruct. Gravity is nothing but time’s innovation in it’s rhythm.And where it’s effects are stronger, moments pass more slowly. Time and matter decide if they are in cadence to the slow dance or the Flamenco, until it reaches a crescendo, and neither of them are in control.And then like everything else in Universe, consumed by the frenzy of dis-rhythmic array – could self combust.

Perhaps the paradox of time’s end may not be as dramatic as the Supernovas. It will in all probability be a slow natural death, losing its attributes one at a time, until there will be that singular moment, when all the laws that we have ever known, of time’s existence and it’s relativity to our Universe will have to be re-written. And just as Einstein had perceived “For every one billion particles of antimatter there were one billion and one particles of matter. And when the mutual annihilation was complete, one billionth remained – and that’s our present universe,” timelessness and Eternity too, will perhaps then, make its grand entry to the new drum roll .

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