posted on Dec, 6 2008 @ 03:17 PM
Although I suspect that you and I see eye to eye (for the most past) WRT the nature of existential reality, I prefer to call the conscious oneness
“the Universe”. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not an anti-theist by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just that, from my perspective, there’s
so much negative baggage associated with the term “God”, it hardly seems worth the effort of carrying it. Besides, as I see it, not all aspects of
this being we comprise (and which comprises us) are worthy of the designation of a ‘benevolent deity’ (the only sort of ‘God’ I’d even
consider lending any credence).
…There is no past...only memory and imprints (impressions) upon the physical world. There is no future...only choice. There is only Now...and
it is ALWAYS Now.
I think you’re on the right track, but in my view, the distinction between the three aspects of time (past, present, and future) should be
understood in light of the empirical fact, that while all of them are conceptual constructs, only one of them is perceptually ratified -- that being
the present. The past and future have no reality in the realm of perception, so theirs’ is purely the stuff of conception; which is not to say that
they don't exist. To the contrary, they're very real and widely influential in the realm of thought. I think you're right, in holding that the
present moment isn’t fleeting. It must be recognized, however, that our perceptual experiences of that eternal presence …are. And that's what
gives rise to our notions of the past and future.
And before someone brings it up, the photo album that is the night sky is just that: a collection of snapshots of the past. But viewing those
“snapshots” is not to be confused with directly perceiving the past. After all, whatever was transpiring on and around those distant stars at the
respective times in which their light departed toward Earth is no longer happening when the light finally reaches us in the here and now. Accordingly,
when we look into the starry sky at night, we’re not seeing the past; we’re seeing *a picture* of the past taken by our cameras (so to speak) at
the instance of perception. -- Big diff!
[edit on 6-12-2008 by Icarus_Fallen]