There’s no such thing as Time. It’s not a thing; it is a concept. It tries to explain why we see change, which is a thing.
This looks different!
This difference is a change. Why did it change? Because the tree fell. When did it fall? Ah, now we need a concept for that moment and for the changes since that moment.
This looks different. This is a change. Is it about the time? 47 years doesn’t mean much. The changes mean a lot. There was a man, a husband, a father, a singer. Now, there is no man, no husband, no father, no song.
What about this change?
It might look like a change from what you’re used to, but some people see this every day. No change; no time.
In order to feel a sense of time at all, we need to be able to imagine what something was like before and how it’s changed.
And then we try to measure the rate of change. How long did it take for this to become something different?
We humans get to think about change and time because we have such big, big brains. Other species don’t. That gives us a huge amount of responsibility. We should be taking that seriously, noticing changes and imagining what the future might be like.
In time, we’ll see what changes. And we’ll know how we’ve participated in that change as well.
Not taking any political stands, but I enjoyed your thoughts. The redwoods are such perfect examples of “time.” In our first house, we had a wood-burning stove and a cast iron teapot just like that to put humidity into the air. Great memory.
I was looking for a photo of tree rings, but didn’t have a good one. I think of Aldo Leopold’s account of the Good Oak and going back through time, ring by ring.
The photo that grabbed me was, of course, your husband’s tombstone. So thought-provoking. I’m currently reading “Embraced by the Light,” a book about a near-death experience that I used to hand out when I worked hospice but never really pondered. If you haven’t read it, you may want to. It will give you a sense of how close he still is to you, though I suspect you already know that.
I have read it, or at least parts of it, back when I was deeply involved in the Christian faith. I think about death in a much different way now, but still feel a sense of continuation, more in terms of natural history and science, e.g. his atoms are still here; matter doesn’t disintegrate completely.
One of the messages she got that resonates with what you are saying is that each person’s belief system is good–that all are what fit each person. I find so much value in the 12 step idea of “Take what you like and leave the rest.”
There is certainly a developmental process to spiritual maturity. Some things that are very beneficial at one point or to one person may not be for another. I think it is important to take what is working AND to continue to look for deeper Truth.
Yep! I’ve been back and forth a lot. It opens one’s spirit to growth.
Nice interpretation of the theme.
Thank you! I’m glad you came to visit!
I love your photos, especially the one …I don’t know..is it in a cavern with stalactites? And I love the example of the people that were and aren’t anymore – with the picture of the stove and socks. Time is such an odd concept to explain change. And then there are those who think time is money. Haha! Great post. Thank you.
That’s Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico – a truly fascinating place! Thanks for your visit, Mary! Peace
i like da stove! 🙂
I worked 3 seasons at Old World Wisconsin – a living history site. We used these babies every day!
I really like how you think, and how it makes me think back!
A win-win! I’m glad. Thanks!