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    Ticking away
    The moments that make up a dull day
    You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
    Kicking around on a pice of ground in your home town
    Waiting fo someone or something to show you the way

    Tired of lying in the sunshine
    Staying home to watch the rain
    You are young and life is long
    And there is time to kill today
    And then one day you find
    Ten years have got behind you
    No one told you when to run
    You missed the starting gun

    And you run and your run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
    Racing around to come up behind you again
    The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older
    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

    Every year is getting shorter
    Never seem to find the time
    Plans that either come to naught
    Or half a page of scribbled lines
    Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
    The time is gone
    The song is over
    Thought I'd something more to say

    Home
    Home again
    I like to be here when I can
    When I come home cold and tired
    It's good to warm my bones beside the fire

    Far away across the field
    The tolling of the iron bell
    Calls the faithful to their knees
    To hear the softly spoken magic spell

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    To me time is more of a matrix than a linear flow. Also, I view the past as probabalistic. Also, I view memory/imagining the future as time travel. Also, I believe emotion distorts time
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    in my head there is a calendar... it has a certain structure but is not very detailed... it is laid out like this...

    january - july
    feburary - august
    march - september
    april - october
    may - november
    june - december


    so like right now if i try to think about something that is going to happen in september it is "over in the other column but kind of near the top" and it seems like it is in fantasy land or i can't get there from here. that's like if i'm trying to think about a concrete event. it is kind of like you said where it seems like it won't really happen. this really applies to things that are near enough to have a real date associated but far enough that i don't feel the need to pay attention to them right now.

    i have a similar picture in my head of a single week and going from saturday to sunday wraps around so right now if i think about monday it seems far away because it has looped around in my week picture.

    but if i think of some concept like 'retirement' or 'death' or 'when my son goes to college' -- things that are far future or that i feel like i need to do continuous or lengthy preparation for in some way, they can feel immediate and troublesome. it is really easy for me to think they are coming much sooner than they really are. and then i start to break the time between now and then into cycles and it all seems so fast.

    have you ever thought about how many saturdays you might have left to live? it doesn't seem like very long when you put it in that perspective. the bigger the time makes it weird too, like "how many more birthdays will i have before X?" never seems like very many.

    i have no idea if this is the type of response you were after, but there you go, some rumblings on time.

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    It's forward, it's like an invisble wall, and tomorrow's in the next room beyound this invisible wall, and as time goes, so does the wall?

    I'm joking...

    It's tomorrow.

    Time, it's like it's just there, y'know? IDK.

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    I don't really visualize things on a scale of time.

    I have trouble with time and it just kind of blends together to me. I guess I'm always present and yesterday or tomorrow don't really click with me.

    Yeah, I know what time is, I can read a clock or plan a future event just fine, and some times even get bothered waiting for stuff, but it's really just 'now' not being there yet. Almost like distance I guess.

    So I guess I don't think of things as a 'when' but more of a 'where' and what needs to happen in between.

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    here is an interesting article about time synaesthesia

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/...alifornia.html
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Time is linked with space. There are certain words that bridge this gap.

    1) Hapa
    2)Hapo
    3)Pale

    Each of these words refers to a place. In English, the translation is 'Here', 'There', and 'Over there.'

    The problem, though is that, 'Over there' marks a place but pale (pah-le.) can mark also other concepts...time being one of them.

    So, if I wanted to refer to an undetermined night, for example, I could use the ki-prefix...which corresponds to 'Here'.
    ki-night literally means: a night that isn't this one. Or, this night (implying not the current one)...

    If you wanted to make the night you're reffering to in the future then you use one of the future markers. 'nge' being the obvious one...

    So, it'd be, in my mind, assuming I'm using that language to think in,

    "ki-night...ki-nge..."

    Which literally translates to
    "This night.....over there (in the future)...would have been..."

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    I feel I am locked in the present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jontherobot View Post
    I feel I am locked in the present.
    I picture the present as an ever moving force.
    "Moving forward."

    Picture time like a vynl record, if you will, with everything that's ever happened and everything that's going to happen recorded on to it..; okay, well - The present is the needle, playing that ol' vynl record.
    Now, that's saying we have destiny.

    However, picture time writing and recording as it goes...
    It doesn't know what's going to happen it's being written, now. <-
    It's nothing yet, until it's the present, then it's vibrations? IDK.
    All I know is, time is something and speed alters it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikeitlikethat View Post
    I picture the present as an ever moving force.
    "Moving forward."

    Picture time like a vynl record, if you will, with everything that's ever happened and everything that's going to happen recorded on to it..; okay, well - The present is the needle, playing that ol' vynl record.
    Now, that's saying we have destiny.

    However, picture time writing and recording as it goes...
    It doesn't know what's going to happen it's being written, now. <-
    It's nothing yet, until it's the present, then it's vibrations? IDK.
    All I know is, time is something and speed alters it.
    We do have destiny to an extent.

    Not absolute destiny, but a web of dependent causation. It's like two people who meet on a road. They didn't plan to meet, and did not know that the other was on the road, and both started travelling an hour ago. But because their paths intersect, if they do not change course they are destined to meet.

    The whole thing is like that - billions of billions of things that happen only because billions of billions of other things set them up to happen. And there were endless things that set up the other things to happen. It's all going on at once.

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