Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Time travel

Now, now before you let your imagination get better of you after reading the title of this post, let me assure you that this is not about complicated scientific theories related to time travel. But rather about our understanding and common use of the time frame.

Some of you might already know that time is not a real thing, but rather an imaginary concept that we humans have created in order to help us understand various events that take place around us.
Those of you who do not understand that time is just an illusion, there is nothing to be worried about because what I have to say here can be understood otherwise as well.
Having said all the confusing things that I have already, let's get back to the topic at hand without further complications.
When we talk about time, we think of three possible ways in which time can be divided. Namely, past, present, and the future. When we think or talk about any period in the past, we tend to form an image about the living conditions or standard of living of humans in those times. For instance if we think about the 18th century, we instantly form a very generalized image of that century in our minds based on our knowledge of that time.
We do this for a very simple yet an important reason, and that is to have basis for comparison with other periods in time. What we fail to understand is that our ideas are highly generalized.

What I mean to say here is that while many of you reading this blog are living with the comforts that the 21st century has to offer, most of the current human population is living a 17th century lifestyle. For a lot of people today electricity, phones, televisions are still a dream.
The things that we take for granted in our daily lives are still a dream for majority of the current human population, and this according to me holds good for any point in time. Be it past, present, or the future.
In simpler words, a few people in the 18th century would have lived more comfortable a life than many of us in the 21st century, while many people in the 21st century are still living a 18th century life.
The image above shouts out loud about the very same thing. It's the sad story of mankind.

It is a tragedy that in this so called Modern age, where man is already exploring the outer space, there are many of us who are still living in the stone age, and nobody seems to care.
For most of us fortunate ones ipods, high speed internet, fancy cars seem to be the definition of the times we live in.
But ask the not so lucky folks and see if they have even heard of or seen these things. They would be content even if they got a meal a day, but even that doesn't come easy.

This problem and others are all a result of our thoughtless actions. We humans have failed to explore the inner space before setting out for the outer, and that is the root cause of all problems.

A wise man once said that - we humans as a species, lost our way a long time ago, and we need to find it again, and it's only going to happen one person at a time.

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