Thinking again about time. And memories. I know the two are linked (see Time, in a Bottle), and it seems time to revisit that link. Start with the idea that there is no Time. None. Then, who am I? Where am I? Am I in a when? If so, how are whens formed? My theory: whens are time. And they are created by my remembering something that happened to me. Remember enough whens, and you have my time.
Time, then, is personal. Each of us remembers something, creating a when and putting it in a bottle. Stack those bottles and you have your time. My time is not your time, not at all. But, there may be memories of shared whens, and it might feel like we share time too. But all we share is one bottle, one memory, when our personal times came together. Even though there may be more than that one bottle, more whens in which we shared a moment and created a memory, still, my time is mine and yours is yours.
There may be whens we would like to share with another person. To create such a plan requires some common construct of “time”, so we can say, “meet me at the corner tomorrow at ten”. We have to have a shared idea of what “ten” is for that to work. So, we humans have constructed an elaborate structure that we have agreed to use so that we can create shared memories. These can then be bottled and so become personal time.
This theory may explain why time seems to slow down and speed up. The more bottles of memory I save, the slower my time. We can choose what we want to remember, and that choice can be made at any point in my personal time–immediately and forever, or forgotten until remembered in some future when.
The important thing is that my whens are mine. Time is personal. But I can choose to sometimes place my time within that superstructure that allows us to share a when and hence a memory.
And no, I have not been drinking.