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The Present Time
21 ago 2004
All we can feel about our selves is that we are experiencing "the present time" on and on throughout our lifetime. Could all this possibly be a result of the fact that the basic matter that forms the contents of the universe is "always present" and that all it experiences is but a change of position?
THE PRESENT TIME

A little boy, nibbling a piece of cake, asked his mother, âMummy, what does âthe presentâ mean?â? âThe present? Well, it simply means now,. . . this very instant when you are doing what you are doing there,â? was the motherâs reply. Though obviously puzzled, the boy said nothing. Five minutes later, however, after having eaten up his cake, the child once again asked his mother the same question, âMom, can you tell me what âthe presentâ means?â? Annoyed by what she thought was just a puerile naivety, the mother instantaneously retorted, âDidnât I tell you? It means now, this very moment when you are standing there right in front of me.â? To this the child innocently responded, âMom, could I then possibly have the âthe presentâ I had when I was eating the cake?â?
   
At a glance this might seem to be just a commonplace anecdote. But could you possibly come up with a true definition of the phrase âthe presentâ?? Is it not true that no matter where you are, the phrase âthe presentâ? keeps tailing you? Is it not a fact that regardless of where you are and what you are doing at the instant, you will always say, ââAt presentâ I am here doing this and thatâ??
Letâs now have a more in-depth discussion of this phrase âthe presentâ?
According to the Merriam-Websterâs Collegiate Dictionary, the phrase âthe presentâ? can be defined as ââthe present timeââat present,â? âduring this time,â? or âNOW.â? Such is the definition, âthe presentâ? can of course be interpreted as that instant when the condition of both our very selves and our surroundings are as what they are then. In other words, it is that very moment when we are in our âpresent condition,â? both internally and externally.
But is it possible for us to have an exact definition of the phrase âthe present condition,â? or can we understand the actual condition? Unfortunately, however, there is no way by which we could establish an accurate definition for the phrase âthe present condition.â?
Remember, the whole content of the universe is made up the same basic matter, among which are the sub-atomic particles, most of which combine to form atoms. Inside these atoms there are electrons circling their nuclei at a tremendous speed. This means that the change of the position of the electrons when they move on their respective circuits also takes place at an extremely high speed. And what this further means is that all those contents of the universe that we see before us, some seemingly slow-moving while others seemingly static, have in fact within them those tremendously rapid movements of the electrons, not to mention those of the various other sub-atomic particles. Thus, any mention you make of the phrase âthe presentâ? simply means âthe presentâ? and nothing else! Why? Because the instant you say âpre. . .,â? and before you can even finish saying the whole word âpresent,â? the whole content of the universe, including our selves, has undergone tremendous changes. Consider how the sub-atomic particles in our bodies and our surroundings subject themselves to changes by circling their nuclei approximately a hundred million billion times a second. The time an electron takes to rotate around its axis onceâmeaning, that a change has by then already occurredâis obviously much less than the time we need to say the word âpresent.â? Even if you are to use complicated scientific calculations instead of this simple laymanâs analysis, you will still not be able to come up with a really accurate definition of the term. Because no matter what the time span of the present you have in mind isâperhaps close to zero second or perhaps as short as one-millionth of the time an electron takes to circle its nucleusâthe change in the atoms must within this period have already taken place. And as this happens to all of the atoms in the universe, we are certainly justified in saying that the whole content of the universe is moving at a tremendously high speed. Obviously, therefore, all of us are at âthe presentâ? undergoing a variety of changes at a speed so tremendous that we canât even feel them. All we can feel about our selves is that we are experiencing âthe present timeâ? on and on throughout our lifetime. Could all this possibly be a result of the fact that the basic matter that forms the contents of the universe is âalways presentâ? and that all it experiences is but a change of position?
Apparently the first law of thermodynamicsâthe law on mass and energy conservation, which states that matter never decreases and neither does it ever increase in this universeâis absolutely true. In other words, the contents of the universe exist in eternity, that is to say, it is âalways present.â?
Indeed, there is a theory of the Second Law of Thermodynamicsâthe Law of Entropyâthat says that the universe is decaying. But then, even if this theory is true, the process must have required an extremely long time that it simply does not have any effect on all the things explained in this article. One more thing: the statement that the universe is decaying itself implies that the universe is in the process of transforming itself from one that is âexistentâ? into one that is ânon-existent.â? It is quite possible that the term ânon-existentâ? has come into play here only because men have to date not yet been able to discover the whyâs and howâs of the disappearance of a particular âexistence.â? Is it not possible that this âexistenceâ? had (at a particular point of time when the characteristics of its âbasic matterâ? had not shown themselves up yet) undergone retransformation, whereby it resumed its original form as the pre-Big-Bang âbasic matterâ? of the universe, and thereby causing men to think of it as ânon existentâ?? This is rhetoric question worth asking, because the Big Bang, as it is commonly assumed, was an aftermath of the development of the various basic characteristics of the sub-atomic particles. Prior to the Big Bang the universe was but a homogenous unit. The sub-atomic-particles-to-be had then not had any characterictics yet, which consequently has led men to think of them as being ânon-existent.â?
It is for this reason that we have kept hanging onto to first law of thermodynamics in which it is implied that the whole content of the universe is âalways presentâ? in eternity. Of course, what we are talking about here is the basic matter, not its âcombinationsâ? that later appear in the form of men, animals, plants and the various other objectsâall these combinations are never eternal.
It is therefore natural for man, whose body is made up of the âalways-presentâ? basic matter, to feel that he is âalways present,â? or that he is always in the present condition, or that he is always âat the present timeâ? the whole of his life. Because the contents of the universe keep changing, man, who feels that he is always âat the present timeâ? or âat the present condition,â? also undergoes various changes. In other words, man is always in an ever-changing âpresent condition.â? Given all this, it becomes obvious that there is no way by which man can ever come up with a true definition of the word ânowâ? or âthe present time,â? or âthe present condition.â?

Quoted from the philanthropic book: Paradigm for Peace
www.paradigm-for-peace.com

by Reinarto Hadipriono.
Reinarto ARROBA Hadipriono.com

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Comentaris

Re: The Present Time
21 ago 2004
A Catalunya en català
no a la imposicio d res
21 ago 2004
les coses han d ser fetes per eleccio propia, mai per imposicio.
Sindicat Terrassa