这是一个 在基督教世界中这个特殊的星期日，思想上很有趣。复活节让我想到重生，这与“复活”的概念密不可分 时间. Maybe for this reason 时间 was on my mind this morning, a question ringing in my head as I still lay in bed: Does 时间 really exist?
We divide 时间 logically into three segments: 过去, 当下 and 未来. It is fairly straightforward to conclude that 过去 and 未来 do not really exist but as notions 在我们心中。 After all, the 过去 is but a 记忆, while the 未来 is but an 期望. Only the 当下 stands a chance of being really 'out there.' This much is pretty clear, isn't it? So only through the 当下 can 时间 be said to be real. But where precisely is the 当下?
We could say that the 当下 is today, while the 过去 is yesterday and the 未来 is tomorrow. Yesterday is a 记忆 and tomorrow is an 期望, so both exist only in mind. But today is really there, isn't it? Well, if you come to think of it, today is quite a long period of 时间. Within today there is last hour, this hour, and next hour. Last hour and next hour only exist in mind. Only this hour is really there. Or is it? After all, within this hour there is last minute, this minute and next minute. Well, you know where I am going with this.
You could say that the 当下 is a very short moment squeezed in between a growing 过去 and an approaching 未来. But even that would be too generous to the 当下: it isn't merely very short; 它比您可以说的要短， because any period of 时间, of any length whatsoever, would still contain 过去 and 未来. The 当下 is 无限地 简短，所以它不是真的在那里。 If you try to pin down the 当下 moment by saying 'Now!', by the 时间 your mouth begins to move to say it, it's already gone into the 过去 and exists merely as a 记忆. The conclusion is inescapable: the 当下 doesn't exist but as an 理念 在我们心中。
So we find ourselves arriving at an interesting conclusion: the 过去 is a 记忆; the 当下 is an 理念; the 未来 is an 期望. They all exist merely in mind. None of them is real in the sense of really being 'out there.' And since there is nothing to 时间 but 过去, 当下 and 未来, clearly 时间 doesn't exist 'out there,' but is merely a mental construct. Mind invents 时间.
No, really, 时间 is merely an invention of mind. What else could it be?