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Time waits for no man.
The Human Experience of Time
Life Content is based on events
The above seems to be so obvious that it is questionable to mention
it. However, there are three types of events, 1) those that we relate to
as quantitative where they are triggered or created by the physical,
mechanical cycles that have been set in motion and that have no further
impact or meaning in and of themselves, and 2) those that we relate to
as qualitative or signifcant where they are not cyclical but have some "good or bad"
impact on the quality of life, and 3) those that are qualitative but
also purposeful in that these events are triggered by some level of
volition or intention.
Time and Duration are based on cyclical, quantitative events
Time is an aspect of or an adjunct to the physical universe based on
physical events. Simply put, no material universe, no time! But that
does not mean that time can be reified. The question can be asked, "How
much time is there between two events?" We simply cannot say without
counting the number of quantitative cycles that we are using as a
background or matrix–a canvass if you will–upon which we can consider
our "time" or our experience. In other words, the number of "times" a
clock ticks or the number of seasons, moon or solar cycles. In our
language we often use the word time to be synonymous with the word event,
as in "Plates of food were spilled three "times" during the party."
View this video presentation on the true nature of "time".
The Arrow of Time is based on Sequence
Humans experience time as a directional series of sequential events, the
smallest, of which we are generally subconsciously aware, being that of
our heartbeat, essentially equivalent to a second. Seconds to minutes
to hours to days to weeks to months to years to decades to centuries to
millennia–all mechanically determined cyclical series of events.
Events or series of events distinguishable from one another and in
sequence provide for the reality of our experience, including our
experience of what we call time. We use cyclical, non-relevant events
(such as the ticking of a clock or the vibration of an atom or the
motions of the solar system) that mark out small increments of duration
to help us better keep track of the sequence of more important, relevant
events that affect our lives. Put very straightly, without events to
demarcate periods there would be no such thing as time.
Sequence is inviolate to our most fundamental concept of reality,
logic. In other words, sequence can never be altered or reversed. If it
could be, then the universe, the "order" of things, would be truly
unstable and chaotic. There never
could be any meaning because it could always be undone by changing the
sequence of events. Sequence is one of those non-material realities that
even applies to non-material events such as thoughts or imaginings.
The Quality of Life is based on qualitative events
Maybe this is too obvious to be reiterated, but the quality of life
doesn't come from the sheer number or quantity of events but when they
add up or combine to produce a certain quality
that gives meaning to the development. Thus the Meaning of Life is based on meaningful events.
Time in Ages
On the macro
scale the ancients divided time reality into ages (eras, eons),
periods that were determined by meaningful qualities versus just a quantity of
smaller cyclical increments. An age ended and a new age began with a
event or events that substantially changed the paradigm, flavor, and/or the experience of
the world's reality. In the earliest remembered times ages were
demarcated by changes in "solar", gravitational, and electrical
environments. These changes were overwhelming and inaugurated species
extinctions, ice ages, and major ecological disruptions.
The Ages of the past
In the time of
LOGOS, his life, death, and resurrection gave humanity the best and
ultimate basis for profoundly shifting our spiritual paradigm from the
one universally held previously to one offering a radically different
living and spiritual experience. LOGOS ended one spiritual age and began the next
one, within which we now live. The Greek word AIONION used by LOGOS,
traditionally translated as eternal or everlasting, means belonging to the
all-inclusive ages, and, as usually used by LOGOS, implies a never
ending sequence of macro increments of corporate life experiences with
ever changing meaningful colors, flavors and qualities.
The Next Age
final resolution of all issues for every individual will be accomplished
in the next spiritual age, which we can call the Age of Judgment.
This age of judgment will be inaugurated when the final issue regarding
the human race has been resolved, that being our ability to ultimately
believe in the goodness of the unfallen and to trust the creator and
obviously different levels of believing. Those who have adequately
believed will do the "judging" and the words and deeds of LOGOS will be the
standard. Every dogma, doctrine, concept, and idea will be looked at, and
every issue will be settled once and for all. Every hidden facet of the truth about God will be revealed to
everyone. Then everyone will know, whether they ever believed or not.
Let the reader ponder that the word "judge" primarily means to save.