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TWO VIEWS OF TIMES

(2009-02-12 14:02:09)
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Imagine that you spent your whole life at a single house.Each day at the same hour you entered an artificially-lit room,undressed and took up the same position in front of a motion picture camera.It photographed one frame of you per day,every day of your life. On your seventy-second birthday,the reel of film was shown.You saw yourself growing and aging over seventy-two years in less than half an hour(27.4minites at sixteen frames per second). Images of this sort ,though terrifying, are helpful in suggesting unfamiliar but useful perspectives of time. They may ,for example ,symbolize the telescoped ,almost momentary charater of the past as seen through the eyes of an anxious or disa-ffected individual. Or they may suggest the remarkable brevity of our lifes in the cosmic scale of time. If the estimated age of the cosmos were shorted to seventy-two years, a human life would take about ten seconds.

But look at time the other way. Each day is a minor eternity of over 86000 seconds. During each second, the number of distinct molecular functions going on with the human body is comparable to the mumber of seconds in the estimated age of the cosmos, A few seconds are long enough for a revolutionary idea, a startling communication, a baby's conception, a wounding insult, a sudden death. Depending on how we think of them, our lives can be infinitely long or infinitely short.

 

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想象一下这么一个场景:在一个布置了灯光和摄影机的房间,每天的同一个时间,你都脱光衣服坐在摄影机前一个固定的位置,每天拍摄一祯/幅你的画面,天天如此。在你72岁生日这一天,放映这盘电影胶片,你在不足半个小时的时间里,看着你自己长大、变老到72岁。(每秒16祯/幅画面,共27.4分钟)。想象起来似乎有些令人不寒而溧,但它能使我们从一个不熟悉的但很有帮助的角度去体会"时间"的含义/内涵。尽管我们观看它的眼神是那么的焦虑和不情愿,它还是把我们的过去压缩成了象征性的瞬间图画。它还能折射出我们人的生命在以宇宙为背景的情况下是多么的短暂--如果将估算的宇宙的年龄按72年计,那么一个人的生命只有短短的10秒钟。不过,我们还可以从另外一个角度去看待“时间”:每一天可以分隔为微小而又漫长的86000秒!每一秒钟,作用于我们身体里的那独特的人体细胞的数量堪比我们所估算的宇宙生命的秒数;短短的几秒钟,足以产生一个革命性的火花、一个令人惊奇的交流、孕育一个嘤儿、伤人的侮辱、突然的死亡。
我们的生命可以无限的长久,可以无限的短暂,这完全取决于我们对待时间的态度和观念。

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