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.