The present never seems as important as the past and future. As the matter of fact, most of us are never actually experiencing the present. We are either obsessed with the past or focused on the future.
So we know this is the “truth” as well, don’t we? There is clearly a past, present, and future, otherwise how would we know who we are, and where we are. If there was not a past, present, and future our whole sense of self would be undermined. Chaos would reign, wouldn’t it? Everything we have known and believed in would be useless. Well, that’s one way of looking at it. That IS the way the Ego looks at it.
What if we were WRONG! (Oh no, we would be on the “wrong side”). What if, as Quantum physics now postulates:
The problem, in brief, is that time may not exist at the most fundamental level of physical reality. If so, then what is time? And why is it so obviously and tyrannically omnipresent in our own experience? “The meaning of time has become terribly problematic in contemporary physics,” says Simon Saunders, a philosopher of physics at the University of Oxford. “The situation is so uncomfortable that by far the best thing to do is declare oneself an agnostic.”
Carlo Rovelli, a physicist at the University of the Mediterranean in Marseille, France. states, “It is an issue that many theorists have puzzled about. It may be that the best way to think about quantum reality is to give up the notion of time—that the fundamental description of the universe must be timeless.”
Viewed in terms of Quantum Physics, time is not something that exists apart from the universe. There is no clock ticking outside the cosmos. We generally think of time the way Newton did: “Absolute, true and mathematical time, of itself, and from its own nature, flows equably, without regard to anything external.”
But as Einstein proved, time is part of the fabric of the universe. Contrary to what Newton believed, our ordinary clocks don’t measure something that’s independent of the universe. In fact, clocks don’t really measure time AT ALL”
Our clocks do not measure time. Time is simply defined to be what our clocks measure. They define the time standards for the globe. Time is defined by the number of clicks of their clocks.
Einstein, for one, found solace in this revolutionary sense of quantum time. In March 1955, when his lifelong friend Michele Besso died, he wrote a letter consoling Besso’s family: “Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.