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Time is not a universal concept.

Time is not a universal concept.

Chase Cantin, Staff Writer

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In my experience in my world religions class a very interesting thing I have learned is the idea of time. In the west, or at least in the western religions, we believe that time is in the past, present or future. For example, in Christianity we believe that time began when God created it and that eventually it will end, where our souls will live on forever after that. This idea holds consistent in Islam and Judaism as well with slight variation. This is quite the opposite with Eastern religions, however. In the major religions of the East, Hinduism and Buddhism, time is looked at in a completely new light. Rather than splitting time into three distinct categories, people with the Eastern mindset believe that time is only a perception as to what is going on currently. These religions live “in the now,” which is a very interesting concept. Rather than worry about the future, the Eastern religions memorize the past, while just focusing on the now or what is currently happening in their lives.

When I started thinking deeper about the conception of time in the West, I realized we never truly live in the present or in the now rather we always live in the past, while always thinking about the future. In the West people focus too much on what is coming or what is going to happen instead of just focusing on the present and the way things come and go in life.

I think this is important for people to recognize, as if one never lives in the now, it is very hard to appreciate things. Rather, people just remember things after they happen instead of enjoying it when it is happening. To live in the now I think is complicated and not complicated at the same time. I think that it is complicated because of the mindset that one has to break in order to think in that way and it is uncomplicated because it is a truly simple thing to do as it is only a change in one’s perception.

In reality it is not really an issue because it doesn’t affect anyone else other than oneself. So in reality, how one chooses to perceive time is completely up to them, but I think that sometimes it in important to forget about the future and live in the now because it isn’t the future that you will remember.

 

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