The passing of time is something that most of us pay little heed to. We’re attentive to our own small routines, but are utterly incapable of seeing the bigger picture. The larger context of time passing, as well as the transient nature of the universe and our ultimate mortality, is a prospect that few people are willing to think much about.
But the thing is, there are all kinds of indications all around us that things are moving irresistibly onwards, and that the principle of entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, is all encompassing, as the following images will attest.
1. M&M’s that have been left alone for a decade
2. A carpet in an office worn-out by workers
3. A man who took his wedding ring off after 50 years
4. Two identical mugs, one used, the other not
5. This checkout counter has worn out in layers from years of items sliding across it
6. Footsteps have worn away this hill
7. Scratch marks on a wooden door
8. Rust build-up inside a pipe
9. When you’ve worn out your welcome
10. The paint on this shop’s door is worn away perfectly to reveal all of its previous colours
11. This bell has worn through the door
12. Worn chairs at a court lobby
13. The difference between new banknotes and old ones
14. The imprint of another building
15. The worn marble steps that lead to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
16. The floor in front of the register has worn through
all the floors since this restaurant opened in 1924
17. A weathered silver dollar
18. Posters on a lamppost
19. The life cycle of a penny
20. Before and after power-washing a NYC building
For a more disturbing look at the nature of time, physics, reality and the universe, why not check out this article we penned examining what came out of a black hole – a phenomenon long thought to be impossible by most learned scientists.