The world in our perception

I am not going anywhere this morning. It’s my day off today. But later I will go to the petrol pump for the special offer of 10% discount. That is my wish and I am choosing my destination in space and time. I can travel to the place I want or I can abstain from going anywhere. I can choose my traveling mode. In a rational way, we are in control of our travel through space. However, where do we find the space, I mean, space alone? It is always inseparably weaved through by time. So, when we travel, we do it through space and time, whether we want it or not.

Now I am here in the present, later, maybe, I will be in the future. In fact, we do not have control over our travel through time. We do things voluntarily or involuntarily and realize that time has changed. Sometimes we say that we do things just to pass time; as if the only way to go through time is doing something. Even if we do not do anything the time is never standing still; in fact, whether we like it or not, even during our absolute idle moment (like sleep, coma) there is some work going on inside us (that is, in the body). So, even when we are not doing anything willingly, something is always being done even if it is at the cellular level.

However, as human beings, we have our wishes no matter what is happening practically. Wish is not abolished even if things are going completely in an opposite manner; in case we adapt to the hostile (for our wish) situation, we wish to remain in peace by complying. As long as we are there (that is, alive) we cannot get rid of the wish. The energy-related process, that is, activity is almost always dependent on the wish and unchangeably related to time. Time must pass for activities or wishes, no matter they are successful or not or change their patterns or course. Time is relatively free (if we compare it to activity or wish) while activity is somewhat directly corresponding to the physical existence.

Therefore, when we are living in the world we perceive, we are flourishing ourselves in at least four fundamental domains indicated by physical existence, activity, willpower and time. We can feel our control over the domain of time much less than we feel on the other three domains – though none is under our absolute control. Unlike the other three, wish is something that seems almost 100% under our control. It usually comes spontaneously under the influence of circumstances. However, strong willpower can act in abrupt circumstances, that is, against odds. Nevertheless, in that case, virtues like wisdom or honesty act as influencing circumstances.

The other three domains are always related to the domain of physical existence but not limited in that domain. Similarly, the domains are related to each other in an inseparable manner. Therefore, we have space, activity, will and time as the indicators of four fundamental domains of our world, that is, the world that we perceive. Each domain probably has several dimensions; for example, the domain of space is represented by the physical components on the axes of height, width, and length; also, the domain of activity basically represents expenditure and/or generation of energy through space and time after activities with or without the will.  Every fundamental domain of this world that we perceive persists in a manner that creates a structure like a fishing net that cannot the unknitted. But we are not like the fishes in the net; rather we exist through the net.

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Human body: a vessel for time travel

We, the living humans, travel through time; no doubt about it. We have seen yesterday, we are seeing today, and we might see tomorrow. All are stations in time. So, what do we do to travel through time? Apparently nothing. But there are so many things that are very important or necessary to see today or tomorrow. Those things are important because we need them for our survival. When we survive, we let the time come, that is, we wait. The living human body inherently has some quality or criteria that goes through time. And that criterion is aging; yes, the weakness that we all hate in ourselves. If we do not age one more day, we will never see tomorrow. Therefore, the minimal aging of the body that is required to run with time is the trick that makes us travel through time. In simple, the living human body is a well-equipped vessel for time travel. One human body on a point of time is three dimensional, but with running time, it is four-dimensional. One might ask since cells are dying and the body is renewed every moment, it is never the same body. However, anything that travels through time should not remain the same as it costs (or modifies) the existence itself while surviving through time. Then what makes our body identified by ourselves today the same as the body surviving tomorrow? My judgment says, the most unique purpose of the body, that is serving the self that it is a part of. In relation to traveling through time, what is more dynamic, our body or the time or both? It is a tough question. We ordinarily experience that time is passing as it is and no control over it from our side. However, time is relative, especially in the sense that time exists for me as long as I exist and every individual is unique in this way. We try to integrate our time for a social or combined life, that is true. But it can never be an absolute integration. As a result, any mobility through one’s time is only practical when the existence of oneself is there. The consistently changing body may be a part of that self or existence, but there need to be something in the self that is not so constantly changing in relation to time. I shall not focus on the time traveler here. I would stop with indicating that the only vessel for time travel for a human is his/her body that ages through time; without aging, there is no running through time for it. It might pose huge questions about to popular researches these days, time travel itself and anti-aging. Maybe we need to change the direction of our attention to attain advancements in our brilliant endeavors.