Time travel is, in its purest sense, entirely possible. In fact, you can do it today! Now isn’t that magical?
When one looks at the moon one is looking one whole second into the past. This is as the moon is one light-second away. As the light from the moon takes a second to reach earth, we will never see it in the present. Yet we can see it. We are looking at the past.
One second not impressive enough though?
Let’s take it one stage further my fellow intrepid time-traveller.
The sun is eight light-minutes away, so we can only ever see the sun in the form that it was eight minutes ago.
Now that’s time travel!
We must really try to enjoy the simple wonder within this. Firstly, we must appreciate the staggering distance that the light of the sun is travelling, secondly we should revel in the fact that we can look into the past by simply looking at the sun, whilst in the present, and finally we must enjoy the mind-bending whimsy that this potential advocates.
If nothing else, this cosmic time travel can reinvigorate our lust for life. When we look at the sun we are looking at its past, but unlike the sun when we look at ourselves we can choose to look at our past or simply reinvent everything in the present.
When we cast our eyes upwards we realise the grandiosity of the universe, we open ourselves to question the validity of time’s hold on our lives and we have the infinite opportunity to change everything for the better.
Simply put, We are masters of our own destiny. Whereas to us, the sun will always be a thing of the past.
(Photo – Eli Woodbine, Birmingham, 2016)