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Love is NOW or NEVER

The title of this post is taken from this song by Michael Learns to Rock, titled Take Me to Your Heart. There is this line after the chorus section which says “they say nothing lasts forever, we’re only here today, love is now or never, bring me far away”. I want to highlight the ‘now’ and ‘never’ parts of my post’s title. Both words have to deal with the concept of time, which is my main interest in this post.

As you may see in a lot of occasions, humans have this notion of limited time, i.e. we only have 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 90 minutes to play soccer, 4 years to complete college, one life to live for, etc. This Take Me to Your Heart song also has this concept of limited time underlying it.

But, but, but, what is time? Well, in physics, time is regarded as a dimension with second as the standard unit of measure and [T] as the dimension symbol of it. What interesting about time is that it can only move forward. If you imagine a dot on a timeline which spans from left to right with left being past zone and right being the future zone, this dot can only move to the right. Logically speaking, time is universal for everyone, i.e. one hour for me is also one hour for you. But, in physics, time is relative. Einstein once said, “If you are spending time with a beautiful girl, one hour feels so short, but being in a boring 1-hour class feels so long.” I am sure some of you may have experienced this kind of experience.

I am interested of what other people think about time. Do you see yourself living a short time life? Have you had experience similar to what Einstein once said? Or, maybe why we must consider/not consider a good time management technique? Or any other thoughts about time?

p.s. I came with this topic because I felt that it is so fast, the fact that next week is already a spring break, which means we have done with roughly half of our semester. Semester comes, semester goes. Phew. Oh well.

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  1. zmackay
    March 5, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I completely agree with you in that time is one of the most fascinating concepts out there because it has something to do with every part of the natural world. It is how we measure everything- scientific and other. In one sense, it is the most abstract and philosophical entities that exists. Someone’s last minutes of life? How can that possibly compare to the extra minutes you spend waiting for the bus when it’s late? Yet we use time to measure the two just the same. It is because of its inescapability that time can seem so cruel. As you pointed out, it can only move in one direction and there is absolutely nothing we can do to stop it.
    For many people, I think this gives them a reason to ignore the effects of time altogether. If it is inescapable, why waste an extra moment dwelling on it? But I’d like to think it is better to take the opposite approach. If we recognize that time is fleeting, there is a chance that we can better value it. I think it’s all too easy to give up, to accept defeat. I think that, especially in the context of our college years, it’s so much more productive to stop, breathe, and try to find a way to best utilize each and every hour, class, and, like you pointed out, semester.

  2. March 5, 2012 at 6:30 am

    According to special relativity, the time it takes for a sequence of events to occur can be different from the point of view of different observers. When four stopwatches are placed in space, each at a different distance from the Earth, and then synchronized to start and stop together, each watch would show a different time. This is theorized to demonstrate how time is not a direct line, how it travels on a curve to reach the same point. And by traveling on a curve, time takes different paths to reach the same point that are measured as longer or shorted, but seem to be the same. Its incredibly fascinating. We can perceive two “paths” of time to be the same, yet one is taking longer than the other. And because we remain on our individual path of time, we can only perceive the length of another moment, but never truly know the exact path and length of that path.

  3. March 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I do not know what is “time,”is but I will give some thought.
    The system that we use to determine “what time is it?” are conceptualized and organized by mathematics. We transformed time into a form the language because language is all about categorizing abstract matter. I believe that the origin of natural time is created through the idea of cause and affect. For example, how long does it take for sun to take a trip around the earth? Or how long does 100g of Potassium and water can create chemical reaction for?
    It is about how can we share a basic, defined sense of time and space, therefore we care about what time is.

    However, the individual concept of time is personal and relative to one’s metaphysical mind. Everyone has their own metaphysical process of how they feel about time. It is more related with one’s perception of time and how they feel about the moment of the event. If one person is feeling happy, we say time flies, or wow it is already midnight! But when we are studying for exams or dealing with unwanted desire it feels like time is for ever.

  4. lexicory
    March 6, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Time is a fascinating concept, and the way that we understand is not complete, as we only understand it linearly and in the two dimension. Seeing how fast freshman year has absolutely flown by for me, and now looking back, as did high school, it really is true when your parents tell you that “time flies” and to enjoy it while you can. I used to not realize this when I was younger, but I realize it now every day as my days fly by and blend together in day and night. I think it’s very interesting how time can go so fast for one person, and yet so slow for another, even though it’s moving at exactly the same time.

  5. March 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Time actually flies. I am not joking. It is crazy how fast time goes by… it almost frightens me sometimes. Personally, it feels like it was yesterday that I started college and I am already almost finished with my second year, like how is that possible? Time going by so fast can sometimes be a good and bad thing, depending on different circumstances. I hate that time goes by fast but I guess that means that we’re really living it, which is the main idea. As long as we are living our time to full potential we have accomplished something in life.
    Also, I really enjoyed how you came across this topic by introducing a song first, it was a good touch.

  6. March 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I really like how you point out that even though time is “universal” it can differ so greatly for various people in various situations. I’m sure we’ve all had a day that seems to drag on forever, but when you talk to someone else you’ve spent that day with, it had flown by. Movies and music often reference “time” in terms of not having enough, or what you could do with more of it (Clockstoppers anyone?). But what I think is cool about time is that it is the one thing that remains constant for every single being on this earth. Our time of birth and time of death are recorded and in between, time affects us all, whether it’s in small ways like the 3 1/2 minutes it takes to make Easy Mac, or in big ways, like the 55 years my grandparents have spent together. Even though we all may perceive it differently, time is something that everyone has to deal with.

  7. March 12, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I agree with Einstein when he claims time is relative.

    First, keeping in mind I’ve only taken introductory Physics and do not claim to know the complexities of the universe, I currently subscribe to the notion that time is only defined by OUR MIND’S impression of the CHANGE in the environment around us. So, suppose everything in the entire world stopped moving (and/or came to rest after being in motion). If time was a force, as I feel the common understanding is, it would continue to act upon us. But we’d claim that time was standing still because we don’t sense any passage of time because, in turn, there’s no motion. So, time can’t be a force, because forces work with or without the actions of life. Instead, time exists in our minds.

    If time exists only in our minds, and our minds vary(my evidence for that being we’re not all exactly the same), then time varies. Ergo, time is relative.

  8. anthonypribadi
    March 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I love that Elle brings up the 4 stopwatches experiment here. It reminds me of this following experiment (or thought experiment). Let’s say there is a twin. One lives on earth. The other one is taken to outer space in a rocket and he keeps being inside a high-speed moving rocket all his life. One day the rocket comes back to earth. And guess what. The brother who has spent his life inside a high-speed rocket looks way younger. Apparently then, you don’t get old fast if you are moving fast. (maybe this is why athletes tend not to get old too soon since they move a lot)

    And yeah, time is a fascinating concept and its perception is different in every human. I think everyone agrees on that. However, it has a universal and standard notion too, which is why we can know who is older, which side scores a goal first in a soccer match, etc.

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