If you eliminate the separations between matter, energy, space, and time, and see them as “one thing” it might be easier.

If you eliminate the separations between matter, energy, space, and time, and see them as “one thing” it might be easier.

Consider a tapestry. Now consider the tapestry once it no longer exists as a tapestry and has returned to elemental particles.

Now consider the tapestry as all of the parts that make it up, but before they were used in a tapestry.

Now consider the person making the tapestry, as they are making it.

Now consider every meal that person has to eat and every drink they have to drink while making that tapestry.

Consider them purchasing all of the elements that make up the tapestry.

Now think back to the manufacturers of the parts of the tapestry. If the material is wool, think of the sheep that were sheered. They too, had to be born and raised and all of that takes energy and time.

Consider what the sheep eat.

Consider the sun that helps create the food sheep eat and the water they drink, as well as the maker of the tapestry.

Consider all of the space needed for these processes to take place.

Now put a balloon around all of the processes, all of the time, all of the energy spent.

Except there is no balloon that is separate from these things.

The balloon is constructed of all of the time and energy and matter and space and exist only in one place: the imagination of myself, and you, and anybody else who reads this.

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haha I wrote it at 6:30am, falling asleep after being up for many hours, while lying on bed on my phone. It was in response to a random thread I came across where the author was trying to come up with a good metaphor for matter/energy and was using a balloon and helium for the Universe and matter. It wasn’t the best analogy and others in the discussion helped him along and they worked together to make improvements to his analogy which he was happy with. [I believe the author was Middle Eastern and English didn’t seem to be his first language but there were some deep stuff in the conversation].

At the end of it all, he was happy and said, “I understand the relationship between matter/energy, but not between space and time”… and somehow this popped out of me. I look forward to his response. After copying and pasting it here, I guess the phone must’ve dropped out of my hands and I fell dead asleep.

I forgot I wrote it when I got up this morning until I saw the responses.

So lack of sleep. That’s how you can have what I’m having

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Whether it’s real or not, the place this particular scenario I created for you exists solely in your imagination and mine and others who read it.

It might *also* be useful as an analogy for real world processes.

But at present, it stands as imaginary. You can use it for whatever you wish beyond there.

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