What is Time

A couple of weeks ago I thought that my watch had stopped, I can’t tell if it is ticking away because it doesn’t have a seconds hand. I promptly went to adjust the time and then realised that the knob had moved – I was looking at my watch upside-down.

Today my watch stopped for real. I dutifully altered the time when I discovered it but the time has since remained frozen at 10.56.

I recall having my watch battery replaced less than 2 years ago. At the time the store offered a life-time guarantee for an extra sum. I declined, thinking that I would not be in this country long enough to justify a life-times worth of watch batteries, perhaps I was wrong. I have a feeling though that a single battery replacement had a 2 or 3 year warranty, almost definitely contingent on having a receipt – which is not likely to be found in this lifetime.

I don’t know what colour to give to time. History sometimes is shown in black and white, even though some events are very very colourful. The future has a sort of swirly rainbow of unknowingness about it, which can turn into anything.

Edit: Here are 10 things everyone should know about time, according to Discover Magazine.

7 thoughts on “What is Time

  1. Apparently physicists don’t really know what time is.

    It is a very peculiar phenomenon. Let’s think about it: any one place (or person) changes over ‘time’ (whatever it is), and you can’t go back and visit the earlier version.

    Some say in eternity there would be no time, no linear moving forward, just an eternal present. Once you’ve looked at time and found it strange, that version of eternity starts to feel normal !


    • But I remember yesterday, doesn’t that mean that the past exists?
      And have plans for next week so I hope that the future exists. Although you are right that we can never be sure that it will arrive…

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