Have you ever heard the expression, 'Time flies when you're having fun?' Have you ever experienced it? I'm sure that you all have to one degree or another. Scientists, of course, have a name for it... I have no idea what it is, but that's besides the point. The point is that the phenomenon of 'losing track of time' is common. So why do I care about it? Well the truth is, this past week I have been on vacation and I have been busier on my vacation, which I was supposed to spend at home, than I am normally... and that my friends is saying something, One day has simply bled into the next until now I've only two days left... really only one and a half before I must return to work. Rats! On the more positive side I will be writing in my blogs more regularly once I get back to the slower pace of work.
The issue of time also got me to thinking about time itself. Quantum Physics, if I remember right, is the science that involves the 'study' if you can call it that, of time. If it's not right, then it really doesn't matter, because we're just going to talk in generalities about time. I've heard time described as a river that flows in a circle and of course there's the Quantum Leap explanation that time is like a string that is connected to itself, essentially time is circular and of course there's the idea that time is foldable.
So what's the difference between the river and the string? As I understand the theories, the river allows time to overlap itself and flow backwards and anything else a river does. Think of a single person's life as a molecule of H20. How does that single molecule traverse the river? That's what time is like for a person, the person just doesn't know it. The string theory combines the idea that a person's life is linear and does not overlap but it does eventually run back into itself. So which one is right... either of them... neither of them? What about folding time, does it have any credence?
The reason that I was thinking about this is because of the age old question, is time travel possible? Let's try and ignore the pitfalls and ramifications of time travel for the sake of this discussion. Let's just focus on the viability of time travel.
You all know how I love to look to the Bible for possible answers to my questions, and this one is no different. In the Gospel of John, right at the beginning, is a bit of verbal calisthenics that has confounded and amazed scholars and laymen alike for centuries. This is because the writer of the Gospel of John, there is some question as to whether John wrote it or one of his followers did, regardless, the writer was a learned man or woman and they wrote in the poetic manner of the day. The section reads like this:
The Gospel of John 1:1,2
In the beginning was the word,
and the word was with God,
and the word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
There it is one of the most controversial sections of the Bible. It goes on to talk about all things being made through 'him' and other such stuff. Some say that this proves that Jesus the Christ is actually God and he somehow begot himself, died and rose himself from the grave to seat himself on his own right hand. Others say that this entire section is figurative and speaks of God having the plan for Jesus set in place before he began to make it all. The latter seems to make more sense, for if God is omnipotent then he would have known all the trouble Adam and the woman would get into and he would have known that a redeemer would be needed. Hence all of creation would be made with that in mind. The stars would be hung to tell the story, the prophets would be given the appropriate things to say so that Jesus could fulfill it all. But in truth right now... I don't care about any of that, I'm more interested in the fact that here in John the wording suggests a non-linear line for time. For if Jesus was literally in the beginning with God then we have a paradox, because he had not been born yet.
This is not a completely crazy concept because when Jesus returned to earth to bear witness to what God had done in raising him from the dead, his new body was not like the old one. He was unrecognizable even from people that he knew well. In his new body he could fly. He could visit with the Devils that caused the flood, in whatever realm they are in. He could travel through locked doors and far distances in the blink of an eye. So to say that he could travel in time... is not much of a stretch. (Oh, if you want all of those references you can send me a message or you can just read the 4 gospels particularly the parts that happened after he ascended. That will get you most of them)
It's great that Jesus could just zip around wherever he wanted. By then he was actually a God, having been raised to the seat after he ascended. Before that he was not a God. How do I know that? Because only a God can kill a God. Man killed Jesus, God raised him up and for his sacrifice, God made Jesus a God. Okay, I don't want to get into the debate. We're talking about time and time travel.
Is time travel available, but only to Gods? I don't recall any stories of any of the lesser Gods, you know the Greek and Roman Gods or any of the others, flitting about in time. With one exception, Fairies. In some stories Fairies are good and in others they are evil. In all stories Fairies are not so much Gods as servants of the Gods, almost like an emissary between man and certain Gods. There are a few stories that Fairies can see all times (past, present and future), like the Fates of Greek lore (see now I have two exceptions).
Is time travel only available to certain Gods or just certain beings? But the Fairies and the Fates could see the time, it never actually said that they could travel back and forth freely.
If time is circular, how does that affect reincarnation? I understand being able to tap into your soul and get glimpses of a former life, but to actually travel to that life... I'm really skeptical about that. Maybe when it's all over and eternal life is given out to those who are getting it... maybe then time will become more flexible. But in truth, why would we want to go back or forward in time? If we are reincarnated anyway, why not just stick to the plan and see it through?
Now, we've said all of that... but there is still one little plug in the pipes... have you all heard of the Philadelphia Experiment? There were actually a series of experiments. Not all of them were successful and not all of them had human subjects, but all of them did have ships that stood by and watched just in case rescue efforts were needed. My father was on one of those ships. I will not speak of what he actually told me that he saw, but I will say this... The test that he saw had men aboard the ship and the ship did disappear and travel in time and it did return more or less intact. I have no explanation for this. Perhaps the notion of time and space are still too far out of our understanding. Maybe, like immortality, we're not ready for time travel yet. Maybe when we grow some more and start using more of our brains we will understand the physics behind it all. I am pretty sure that for man to time travel, they must travel within their own lifetimes or they will not be able to return, they will essentially disintegrate. It is also suggested that time travel requires the world to be in sync and that doesn't happen all that frequently.
Too many questions today.... Let's talk Mayan Calendar tomorrow. Oh and sorry no picture, I'm not sure what would have fit?
Live well and be good to each other.