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It appears that the more I study time the more complicated it gets.
Looking at the meaning of time can we agree that time is like a continuum where anything that goes through a gradual transition creates a succession from one to another. Then the durations and spaces between motions that occur become measurable.
As my pen moves across the paper, back and forth, time elapses yet something has been created, a thought pattern perhaps, an understanding of life itself, who knows, time will tell?

So if we agree on how time is, or can be defined and measured then an understanding of our own existence grows.
When examining our lives clocks and watches and other devices become obsolete as other defining factors rule our behaviour. Technology, the internet and Television are able to create different ways for us to use our own time in many ways although other time constraints such as the time it takes to get to work for example may remain the same.
If we were to consider an existence where no measuring devices were available, how long would it take before our own measuring methods of time passage become the norm for us to pass on to our children?
When do we get up in the morning? Is this determined by the sun, the weather our health? When shall we plant our crops and where, how do they grow and why? Shall we go to bed when we are tired and rise when the sun appears?
Behaviour when considering all these factors sun, light, dark, water food, illness and age is constant and we must rely on gained knowledge to progress. Time management becomes a handy tool.

How we are brought up and what is learnt from our parents and others will determine our own perceptions of time. These may be altered by the way in which we live our lives. Drugs may slow down or speed up, overestimate or underestimate our sense of time. When we age it is a known perception that an older person can perceive a week as passing in a blink of an eye where a child can remember the same week as lasting for ever. This, although measured in time as being exactly the same can be defined mathematically as a calculation of one’s life lived. Example, one day to an eleven-year-old person would be approximately 1/4,000 of their life, while one day to a 55-year-old would be approximately 1/20,000 of their life.

Now aren’t you glad I told you that?

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