Time as an idea

Some think of time, or space time, as a thing. Someone I was talking with said, Time is always retrospective to us”. Time? Is? Wouldn’t that likely be memory and imagination (thinking, with memory, to do something in the morning). We know we have memory and imagination. But, is time a real thing?

Since things here seem to be a linear sequence of events, we made tools for living here: Calendars, a Zodiac, a clock. I’d say the “divisions of minutes and seconds” and all the other devices is time.

I was thinking this morning (instead of sleeping) about the degrees of memory in animals. We have long memories and imagine futures from them. If we go down through Dogs and the Crab and on down memory seems to not be so acute. What do snails remember?

What is the division of Instinct, that sort of hard coded imprinting, and psychological memory? Birds and Cats likely don’t spend a lot of time pondering time and their futures. (though I’ve never talked with either). But if we set food out in the same place each day…

We have the idea of time but we never do anything in the future. The future becomes the present. We always stay physically in the present. I think people have projected their ideas associated with clocks and calendars onto Life. That the idea of Space Time, of Time Travel, comes out of this projection, that it is a psychological invention that exists entirely in the individual. I also think it’s a detrimental distraction.

The Sun is there, the animals are here, where is time?

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