@RealEyesRealizeRealLies is right—there is no now. The instant one tries to capture it, it’s past. And since the past cannot be recaptured, and the future always becomes the now and then the past, one could argue… well… it hurts my head.
That’s right @Pachyderm_In_The_Room. We cannot point to a now, or hold one. There is no evidence that a now ever existed.
The now is in direct conflict with the present, the moment, the current, which all reveal a flowing process, rather than a point.
The moment is an acknowledgement of momentum that must build up and then fade away. The present denotes a process of receiving, opening, enjoying, and setting aside in a place of honor. The current reveals an upstream/downstream flow of reality, all necessary to make potential manifest.
The now, on the other hand, is actually death. Think about it… The now denotes a point when the old paradigm ends, and a new one begins. Most folks think the other way around. But hear me out.
“I’m going to the store now” denotes a point where the current activity ends, so a new one can enter the current. And to show how deceptive the now truly is, consider that it doesn’t even need to be said. “I’m going to the store” will do just fine, without mention of the now.
I’ve said this before, and will say it again. The now is a point of death, much different than the present, or the moment, or the current.
It cannot be said that Abe is dead currently.
It cannot be said that Abe is dead presently.
It cannot be said that Abe is dead at this moment.
But it can be said that Abe is dead now. And the now doesn’t even need to be added. Abe is dead, will do just fine.
Whew! @RealEyesRealizeRealLies , that REALLY makes my head hurt. I’ve always been fascinated by the concepts of time and time travel. My library includes many books on those subjects, including a beautiful one called The Dream that combines poetry and prose and discusses the paradox of time very much as you’ve stated it in your comment.
It’s all in the linguistics… the word. It’s so clear that we cannot see it.
now here… is literally nowhere.
This is not a play on words. This is the reality of linguistic logic.
And “here” is just as errant as the now. Earth spinning 24,000 miles per hour, circling the sun at 30,000 mph, all rotating around the center of our galaxy, floating in a universe which is expanding as we speak.
The moment one thinks we are “here”, they can only, at best, try and point to a “there”.
Now is right now, although it ceases to be now before you finish reading this sentence, unless you’re thinking about now like, right now. It is, and now it ain’t. In a way it always is, but only was if you were thinking about now at the time of said now.