Time is confusing. My chiming clock, a staple in my household since my marriage in 1980, now chimes the hours completely at random. At four o'clock it might chime two. A cross-country move made it jumbly. I'm jumbly about time, too. My wristwatch battery is sluggish. Only my cell phone and laptop tell me the true times.
But is time really true? I run on relational time, not punctual time.
Daylight Savings Time has been extended by four weeks so on November 4 we turn the clock back, a week later than in previous years. More people are having trouble sleeping now and I wonder if it is time-related and our move away from real time or stress in the US. DST's effects are long-lasting and serious... it takes weeks for the circadian system to adjust and in some people it never does, according to one latest study. Daylight Savings Time... most people like it because "there is more light in the evenings/you can do more in the evenings."
We have an English sense of time. Time is documented differently in other cultures. Time is not perceived the same as we sense it and speak about it. In the US, verb tenses are just past. One tense. In Spanish and French, you have recent past and things that occured a long time ago. There is not just one past sense of time.
What actually is time? What is the neurological mechanisms behind our experience of time? Time varies by culture... What differences are there among past, present and future? What is real? Is time only an expectation and a memory? Is time more physical than psychological? Linear or circular? Is time subjective, dependent on the mind? Time is a measurement... but it is an envelopment? Time moves slowly, time can move fast.
graphic: U.S. government