Is Time simply a necessary concept and not really a creation? If so, Time and absence of Time would be in a conflictual relation, meaning you could have one or the other and not a combination thereof. Instead, there is the possibility they are two parts of the same essence and that they coincide is not a coincidence, but a natural relation ruled by convergence, punctuated by indivisible points without any process or time, periods so to speak of time beyond time.
It is a nexus of time and and absence of time all possible within the same context and the same origin where the supernatural and super-rational co-exist…
Slowing down and accelerating Time and other distortions of Time have runs into walls of inertia from our delicately balanced organism that imposes limits of the finite. Yet perhaps this could be achieved in some other way, if we draw a distinction between subjective and objective Time. The first is the Time experienced or apprehended by the human mind, which can appear to go slow or fast with varying mental states fueled by stimulants for mental acceleration or for an anesthetized person, Time passing at an infinite rate.
The second is Time measured by such inanimate devices as clocks, oscillating crystals, or vibrating atoms; and until the twentieth century it was an act of faith among scientists that whatever we thought, objective Time flowed at a steady, unvarying rate. Not the least of the shocks produced by the theory of relativity was the discovery that this is simply not true.
The variability of Time is a natural and inevitable consequence of Einstein’s discovery that Time and Space cannot be discussed separately but are aspects of a single entity, which he called Space-Time. Contrary to popular opinion, the arguments leading to this conclusion are not so abstruce and mathematical as to be beyond Mr. and Mrs. Average. They are in fact so elementary as to be baffling in their very simplicity. In fact, Einstein was said to be infuriated by the phrase “Is that all there is to it.” The problem of explaining relativity is like that of convincing an ancient Egyptian that his water clock was really superior to his sundial.
Einstein’s theory holds at any rate, that observers moving at different speeds divide up Space-Time in slightly different proportions, so that one, to put it a bit crudely, gets a little more Time and a little less Space than the other, though the sum remains the same. Thus the rate at which Time flows in any system, inside a spaceship for example, depends upon the speed with which that system is moving, and also upon the gravitational fields it is experiencing.
At normal speeds, and in ordinary gravitational fields, the time distortion is absolutely negligible. Even in an artificial satellite whirling around the globe at 25,000 miles per hour, a clock would only lose one tick in three billion. The idea of ageing less in space travel is simply not plausible. But still, it is a measurable tiny stretching of Time, a small victory over Time that is measurable. And although this time-stretching, or dilation, effect is so tiny at ordinary speeds, it becomes less large at extraordinary ones, and very large indeed as one approaches the velocity of light. A machine traveling at 85% the speed of light means that Time would be passing at only half the rate it flows on earth and at 99.5% of the speed of light, the rate would be slowed ten-fold.