Time Compression

Posted: January 28, 2012 in Philosophy
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I was watching the PBS show “The Mannor House” with my wife when she said “I used to think World War I was ancient history.”  She just demonstrated what I call the Time Compression that comes with age.  If you talk to someone in their latter years, they will tell you that time just seems to fly by.  In contrast, notice how long it seems to a young child until Christmas.  Our perception of time changes as we age.

I believe that we experience time, not in seconds, hours, days, months, and years.  I think the basic unit of time for the human experience is LIFETIMES.  Consider the fact that waiting a year for a one year old is asking them to wait a lifetime.  In contrast, when you are 20, waiting a year is only 1/20th of a lifetime and at 70, 1/70th of a life time.  Hours, days and months are compressed because they are experienced as smaller and smaller pieces of our lifetime. This experience of time has another outcome.  As we grow older, things in the past seem to get closer.

Take the example of someone who was born in 1970.  When they were 10 years old, 1960 would be two(2) lifetimes ago.  When they were 20, 1950 would be two(2) lifetimes ago.  By the time they were 70, 1900 would be two(2) lifetimes ago.  As we age, history that at one time seemed ancient is now perceived as not so long ago.  That is how I figure our perception of time is experienced in units of a lifetime.  Time seems to move faster while historical events seem not so far away.  Think about it and I think you will agree how we experience time.

  1. Agree 100%.
    I also started to think some time ago, that as you grow, each year becomes smaller, as a fraction of your life.

    • Yep. This has occurred to a lot of people. If you read what scientist think about time you discover nobody knows what it is exactly. In fact, a number of scientist think time is an illusion, non-existent, an artifact of some other aspect of reality. I often wonder if it is as constant as we believe it to be. How do we know time behaved the same way during the early part of the Big Bang?

  2. […] be like in the next 100 years, long after I am gone. [I think this also has to do with age.  see Time Compression blog.]  I have done a lot of service, but what have I done to deal with root causes, looking out […]

  3. Leo Rex says:

    *jaw drops* it makes so much sense lol good read.

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