Time is the name given to whats happens as a part of nature. Ive never given alot of thought to why it was called time it was explained to me in a very simple manner via a standard clock as a child and i now i use it as a means of planning out my day. I think i have always had alot more things to be concerned about, and trying to figure out why time is called time was never really top of my list. After saying all of that i know some of the people who spent alot of time (see my use of the word in question) thinking about this have actually used alot of there time considering it all and i have now spent alot of time writing this but its always worth saying whats on your mind as from time to time we make some sense. I hope anyone who might spend the time reading my few lines will appreciate the amout of time i have spent using the word time in this thread about whether or not time exsits and if anoyone can come up with a better way of keeping track of things then let me know but for the Time been im going to stick to the tried and tested clock and hope that im always on time!!
The clock is very useful indeed; originally it was used to measure the apparent motion of the sun around the earth, and to break that motion into more manageable chunks, so that people could arrange things more easily, so that they think more easily about how much daylight they had to carry out the things they needed to do; it allowed them to communicate with others about things that needed to be done. The clock has evolved however, and now we have pendulum clocks, digital clocks, and atomic clocks.
But if I consider any of these clocks, if I open them up and look at their internal mechanisms (or even just think about doing it), I start to wonder, where is this thing that "happens as a part of nature" actually measured? I can see all the parts of the clock that are "a part of nature"; if I think of a sundial, I can see that the sun is a part of nature and so too is the matter that makes up the sundial, but where, oh where, is this mysterious other aspect of nature called time?