No past and no future

I came across a copy of The Economist at my dad's from last summer, which had the Higgs particle on the front page. In the leader, this paragraph caught my eye:

Without the Higgs there would be no mass. And without mass, there would be no stars, no planets, and no atoms. And certainly no human beings. Indeed, there would be no history. Massless particles are doomed by Einstein's theory of relativity to travel at the speed of light. That means, for them, that the past, the present, and the future are the same thing.

That sounds awfully similar to how Anita Moorjani describes her near-death experience. The universal consciousness of which we are a part knows not of time. All our lifetimes play out at the same time, because there is no time.


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