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'Candles', by Simone Brockhuis

Relative Time

© Hans Brockhuis 2006

In the course of the time that I take part in this society I have had moments that made me frown from time to time. When I had to write an examination, time seemed to crawl ahead like a snail. When on the other hand something nice laid ahead, the time hopped and seemed to make little jumps of expectation. That will not be any different for you, reader.

Later I learned that time is an invention of humanity and it called the period the sun needed to turn around the earth, day. Then the day was divided in 24 parts, the hours. The name 'day' was brought back to the period that the sun - central fire - was visible. From that moment on the other half of the 24 hours, the period that the sun had been swallowed by dark forces, was called night.

Fortunately the sun was reborn each morning, which was the reason for people to honour that same sun excessively, exactly as excessive as the great rays of sun that warmed the people. That warmth and that light needed to be rewarded. Not only the sun was born, the time was born as well, which in the course of centuries was refined further and further. The astronomers watched the firmament with their telescopes to keep the time within their boundaries of perception, because it was important to them to keep time standardized.

Nowadays we know that the earth turns around the sun and the time is being observed with so-called atomic clocks so that we know for sure that each second is just as long as the previous and the next second one. For scientists something like that is very important.

Still, in spite of all science, discrepancies keep existing, because the different populations on earth use different chronologies. I give you an example. A year after Yitzhak Rabin, the then Israeli first minister had been assassinated in November 1995, it was both commemorated in Israel and elsewhere in the world. Because people use another chronology in Israel, that happened on another date then elsewhere. If that is not an exponent of relative time, what is, then!

Steve Rother explains in his Beacons of Light that time is no elongated ribbon of events that take place after each other, but much more events that occur simultaneously. That is why it is possible to travel back 'in the time' under certain circumstances, or even catch a glimpse of something that takes place in what we call the future.

Anyway, in spite of the atomic clocks, it is clear that time is relative. That time can be experienced differently at differing moments and that of this a lot of aspects can be lighted out. And that, dear reader, is exactly what takes place in this timeless newsletter. In their own article each author is showing you her or his perception of time.

Running Fox wishes you an exceptionally good time reading them!