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The Perplexing Paradox of Time Travel

Time traveling is a concept that has bewildered both scientists and science-fiction enthusiasts for decades. Over the years, there have been instances of many self-proclaimed time travelers who have tried to prove themselves by providing us with evidence of time travel. Renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking even decided to wait in a room in 2009 to hold a party for all the time travelers visiting from the future. According to him, traveling forward in time would be much more feasible than traveling to the past, primarily because living in the past is physically impossible for those who are not alive.

While there are several contradicting theories of how time travel would work in the real world, they are almost always far cries from being definitive answers. One of these spellbinding theories states that we can travel through time if we travel faster than the speed of light. This hypothesis took from Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, which presumes that time is relative to speed and position. It also explains why astronauts age a bit slower than people on earth.

As unfeasible as it may seem in reality, science-fiction in media has made several attempts to explore the concept. For example, in the series Dark, they created a time machine to bring back loved ones that they lost in an accident by going back in time to avoid all the mistakes that led up to it. Similarly, in the movie Interstellar when the two travelers return from space, it feels like they have leaped forward in time as they witness how all the people they left behind on earth have all either passed away or aged significantly. 

Aside from time travel seen in modern media, most of us must have thought about how convenient it would be to be able to travel through time at some point. We would be able to get out of an uncomfortable situation with ease or change our lives if we ever got the chance to. If we could go back in time, we could explore the hypothetical and see if our lives would be much better if we hadn’t taken engineering. If we could travel to the future, we would be able to see the results of all our efforts and see how it affects our lives.

However, we need to remember that beyond all the conspiracy theories and sci-fi plots, there currently is no way to rewind, pause, or fast-forward our lives. Whether or not we’ll even be able to do so in the future remains a mystery. The world freezes sometimes, but time and tide wait for no man. So let us do our best to live in the present and enjoy the moment because once we have lost our precious time, we will never be able to get it back.

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