∆ Bed time!

The starting point: What was your first view of Time?

You may see what I am saying in an instant if you first reconsider where your idea or belief in time actually began.

Did you observe the world around you and deduce that something like time must exist, and then explore the details? Or was the idea put forward to you in one way or another, and you just accepted it because you had an impressionable mind, it seemed to make very good sense, and everyone else had heard of ‘time’ and was using it?

The difference between these two introductions to any idea is perhaps more important than it might seem;

For example, as toddlers or children we naturally end up exploring and learning about the world without deliberately trying to, whether we want to or not.

Without being told how or why, we learn that when we let toys go, they consistently ‘fall’ out of reach and end up on the floor. We see to that we can grab the fridge door, stand up, wobble, and also consistently end up on the floor, we may see that magnets stick to the fridge door, and each other and, but not to our hair, toast, or orange juice.

We learn the hard way that we can walk through door-ways, but not through doors, and that we can see through glass but not through walls. We observe that we can see leaves blow around on a windy day and feel the wind in our faces, but that we cannot see the air itself. And we see that ‘birdies’ and ‘aeryplanes’ can fly, but that we cannot.

And so without being told a single thing, we learn that some invisible thing (gravity) constantly pulls us and other things to the ground; that doors and walls are solid; that ‘magnetism’ exists and has special rules; that we can see through some things and not others; that ‘air’ in some way exists; and that some things can fly and some things cannot, and so on.

And from these unconscious first observations we can go on to explore for ourselves what they might mean or lead to, or look up facts that other people have discovered.

(web note - next section shoe horned in for website)

However, one of the things we seem to learn about, that we seem also to have not found out about for ourselves may be bed 'time'...


BED TIME! Our first exposure to the idea of time?



One way an unchecked ‘place holder’ notion can get undue credibility is if we get the notion from someone we believe and have no reason to distrust. In the case of ‘time’ for myself and most westerners this may have happened when our parents first declared ‘bed time!’

When ‘bed time’ is first declared in a family the child involved may actually be too young to understand what is being said or to respond, however they will end up in bed. Eventually at a certain point the child may ask ‘what do you mean bed time?’ to which the parents will point to the hands on a ‘clock’ and say something like ‘when the big hand points to the 12 and the little hand points to the 6, then it is time to go to bed’.

From here we as children, may be steamrollered into buying the whole deal because they know ‘beds’ definitely exist, and there is no doubt that the ‘clock’, its hands and the numbers around its dial also exist, and that the hands seem to change positions and seem to point to different numbers on different occasions.

 Now given all these true facts, beds, clocks, hands, numbers and movement all exist, and that the word ‘time’ is introduced by people the children generally trust, then the word ‘time’ is given the status of being a notion that does relate to some other thing that really exists, and gets the status of a ‘confirmed belief. Not only without our own careful analysis, discussion or proof, but worse still without us even considering that it might have needed careful examination before being considered to be true.

So although we can continue to use the term ‘illusion’ really what Einstein suspected were ‘persistent illusions’ are more accurately rephrased as ‘persistent misunderstandings’ or ‘persistent unconfirmed, unchecked, or false beliefs’. If so, perhaps the way to dispel these, is to uncover and expose what may be misunderstandings we hold, that are based on beliefs in our minds that we have marked off as true, or confirmed, without us really having the reasoning behind that decision in place.

Webnote- in other words, while we were told 'Bed time' - and may have accepted 'time' was a real thing and a part of what we were told, perhaps, all we actually see is a plastic hand 'moving' around a numbered dial. So all that was proven to us was that 'beds exist' and things (plastic hands on numbered dials) can move - an not that -extra to 'motion' - 'time' also really exists, and flows, and is need for thing to exist and move. ?

>> ∆ Before and After = Ahead and Behind.

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