Proof that time is a perceptual construct we have devised which is completely based on our perception, and thus illusory, can be observed in a story that was told by Deepak Chopra.
In his lecture series with Wayne Dyer entitled Living Beyond Miracles, he tells the story of a group of miners who had one of their mines cave in on them in Germany, and they were trapped underground for an extended period of time. No light, no way of judging the cycles of the universe, and thus no frame of reference for their perception. There were a total of 7 men who were trapped underground, and yet only one of them had a watch.
The man with the watch didn’t want things to get out of hand while they were trapped underground, and to ease the fear and worry of his friends the man with the watch took it upon himself to call out that 1 hour had passed every time 2 hours had passed, and because nobody else had a watch to validate this, they couldn’t tell the difference.
As it turns that at the end of 7 days they were rescued and everybody survived except for the man with the watch. Because he took it upon himself to call out that 1 hour had passed when in reality, according to his watch, 2 hours had passed, he essentially slowed down time for everyone else, and got them to change their agreement on time itself so that they perceived they were stuck underground for half the amount of time that they really were underground for.
“He had them change their collective agreement as to what constituted time, it’s an agreement. And then they aged accordingly and he couldn’t fool himself because he had a watch.”
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