Time _may_ be ordered but not measured. An example of that is when you don’t have a clock handy or a piece of music to measure time with. Time can seem to run forwards, backwards or stand still depending on your reference frames but it is our observation that is at issue, not time itself. Is time working when you’re not looking? It is. Longest reach of time seems to be measured by the speed of light at its maximum distance but most of the time the ‘gears of time’ operate in much smaller and slower ways, such as pushing ball, ball rolls forward in time.

Time _may_ be ordered but not measured.
 
An example of that is when you don’t have a clock handy or a piece of music to measure time with.
 
Time can seem to run forwards, backwards or stand still depending on your reference frames but it is our observation that is at issue, not time itself.
 
Is time working when you’re not looking? It is. Longest reach of time seems to be measured by the speed of light at its maximum distance but most of the time the ‘gears of time’ operate in much smaller and slower ways, such as pushing ball, ball rolls forward in time.
Right. I’m saying that you can be in situations where it’s not possible to measure time but that you can still know that it’s ordered, much as how 3 follows 2, 2 follows 1.
  Right but you can’t take a step backwards and then forwards be in the same place as everything is continually moving.

The illusion is that you took a step back then forward again. It’s always a step forward.

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