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Time: The Frustrating Truth

The concept of time is something that has bothered me for a long while. Some people even believe it to be the 4th dimension… what a load of rubbish. I know it seems quite harsh to say that it’s a load of rubbish but let me explain a little.

Time is a purely social construct that we have manipulated over the centuries to suite ourselves. When you think of one day, you will no doubt think of 24 hours, the time it takes the earth to spin around on its axis. Well the earth doesn’t take 24 hours to spin around its axis, it takes 23 hours 56 minutes! So where does the other 4 minutes go?! Leap years, leap centuries etc. Not only this but a year is 365.2425 days (by the definition of 24 hours per day).

We have made complex atomic clocks to keep time accurately… But why? When time itself isn’t accurate in the first place. So much of our day to day lives is ran on this concept of time that is innacurate.

Not only does time suffer with the problem of innacuracy but it’s also a matter of perception. We have all said before that time flies when you’re having fun. Well it doesn’t take much thought to also realise that time to a child seems different than when you are older. It is not a great leap from here to see how time for people is different than it would be for an ant.

Just try to work out how many days there have been from 1900 until now. You will struggle, unless you use an online calculator that works it out for you.

It baffles my mind that we manage our lives by such misconceptions. Whether you take a day as 23 hours and 56 minutes or 24 hours, Our body clocks say different. Research done at Harvard concluded that on average our circadian rhythm is approximately 24 hours and 11 minutes. Then there are many people whos rhythms can but up to 25 or even 26 hours. But we still run our lives on this 24 hour cycle that’s just inacurate and wrong.

Do you see why it frustrates me a little now? Let me leave you with this quote for now.

Waste no more time arguing about what a good person should be. Be one
– Marcus Aurelius

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