Change in Time

Joe - Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Entered on April 3, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Always in a constant state of motion, moving in random directions, anomalies at every turn. I believe that nothing is static. Everything around me is constantly changing, whether visible or not. Time is invisible, yet its effects are always visible. Time is nothing but an idea…and yet it never stops moving forward. Never. It can not be slowed, it can not be sped, and it can not be stopped. Time is, if nothing else, the only thing I am sure that is always changing. Every movement I make changes something small, whether I’ll wake up a minute later than usual, or it changes something in the continuum of time—an idea that is unfathomable to most people. At least most people can begin to understand the idea that change is constant and random. I believe that nothing, especially time, is static.

I once had a dream where I could see more than just what is normally seen. In the dream I could see time unfolding before my eyes; the future became so clear that I could see every possible future. There was not ten or one hundred or even a million—there was an infinite amount of potential futures, and the slightest manipulation in the present could drastically change which future would occur. In the dream I must’ve altered one of my own paths by accident and was then attacked by a malevolent, demonic cat and woke up. When I woke up I realized nothing was ever static, and proceeded to live that way, wondering if even the simple act of waking up would cause some disaster elsewhere in the universe—a supernova, perhaps. Even as I write this essay, I could be causing some catastrophe elsewhere and not even be aware of it.

To some people this idea may sound preposterous, and indeed it does at first listen. But after thinking about it for a while, it doesn’t sound that absurd. The idea of time being static is ridiculous, because if it was there would be no progression and everything would be stuck in one place. Time is constant, to be sure, but it is not unchanging, the definition of static. The only thing that does change within the constant of time is what path is taken, determined by actions, words, and the like.

If I have the power to change the future by the simplest actions, change is constant and never-ending. I have the ability to alter the future without thought, without even trying. If I have the power to change things without even knowing it, my belief is well founded: nothing is static, nothing.