“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a nice girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein
Have you ever had mornings where everything is in sync? You have time to read the paper, have a cup of coffee, get ready for work and when you look at the clock, there’s time to spare? This experience happens rarely, but when it does I note that I am having one of those days where time works for me. This is unlike the usual rush, knowing that I am going to once again be pushing the clock. The adrenalin just can’t pump fast enough to get everything done, much less have time to pause for breakfast.
I cannot begin to explain Einstein’s theory of relativity, but his quote seems to center his basic idea. Alan Lightman wrote a mesmerizing novel about Einstein’s ideas as he was thinking about his theory of relativity, Einstein’s Dreams. It is a series of short chapters that capture the dreams of Einstein while he was working through these ideas.
In his dreams, Einstein explores time as if it were a globe that you turn upside-down and sideways. Some of his dreams/daydreams:
How do we perceive time? Does it dictate our lives or create freedom?
Thank you, Alan Lightman and Albert Einstein.
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