Time is relative

Posted on Mar 06, 2018 by Joey

When relatives visit, time slows down.

That's a joke I wrote about ten years ago. Then I heard it during the "L'Universe," theater show featuring the Flying Karamazov Brothers. For a while I was afraid that if I used it people would accuse me of stealing. But, as the saying goes, time has passed.
Time is also something that we're not as certain about as you might think. In fact, several different takes on time are my focus in this post. One thing it for sure, time is a bit illusive. Or as one person writes, "time is illusion". Just the use of that word that is all that's needed to get my attention.
Sir Isaac Newton, way back in 1640, defined a world in which things moved forward, or as one article puts it: "a straight passage of events that defines the past, present and future." So simple. According to Sir Isaac, time was not illusive at all.
Kind of a "breakfast – lunch – dinner" view of the world.
This was the way time was viewed until the early 1900's when a young man named Albert Einstein said that Sir Isaac's quaint notion might be the case. In fact, Einstein published two papers that effectively said, "the dividing line between past, present, and future is an illusion."
Kind of a "lunch – breakfast – snack – dinner – snack – breakfast – lunch – breakfast" view of the world. This about when executives at companies started to worry about time-management. Coincidence? You make the call.
To make matters even more confusing, recent discoveries at the quantum level (and we all know what THAT means) suggests that, "time may not actually exist".
I'm hoping that my use of all caps is clear. Joey Pipia has NO idea what that means. Here's what I do know about time; the experts just don't know.
And if the experts are stumped, what chance does that give me?