The illusion of the passage of time
You are always positioned at a point where, all events behind you, that you have ever experienced are virtually set in stone. They cannot be undone,
All events before you exist as probabilities and possibilities at an emergent level of existence, all versions of you, doing all the things you could
possibly be doing. These events wait for your decision in the present to gradually solidify to the point where you are experiencing them in the only
'time' which exists. Once a decision is made, most all versions of you doing those other things, virtually collapse...at that point, only to re-emerge
at the new point at which your decision has taken you...etc, etc, etc...
The passage of time is experienced as the 'movement' between those decisions, but, as such, there is no movement 'through' time. You are always in the
Now. What distinguishes the past, present and future from each other is the way that it is experienced.
The only time in which anything can be modified, changed, affected is the Now. Once these modifications and changes are engaged, the emergent future
becomes more solid, unless and until, a decision by you is made to choose another possible and probable pre-emergent future scenario from the point
where you are experiencing 'now'.
In effect, no 2 situations can be exactly the same (and should never be treated as such). Situations can be approximated when some, but not all,
elements come together to form an image of a situation which looks like another. This is why history does not always repeat itself exactly.
The passage of time as measured by timepieces, extraterrestrial objects, events...act only as signposts, pointing to instances of a past - now, or a
future - now.
You can only ever experience one Time. Now.
It is therefore the only 'time' which exists.
edit on 28-6-2011 by akushla99 because: (no reason given)