The Meaning of the Whole Book in Summary
· The ancient people, because of the very fact that they too had memory, had naturally also felt that the past condition, the present condition, and the future condition do exist. It was only because of their intellectual and language limitations that they were unable to express these ideas.
· With the invention of the various devices for measuring time—the sun-dial is one of them—any “change of condition” is felt in accordance with the “change of time” shown by the sun-dial. Thus develops the idea that the universe with all its contents is moving from time to time. With the memory men have, they have assumed that “the past” and “the future” are present.
· Now that we are aware of all this, it is high-time that we got back to our original understanding that what we have all this time recognized as “the past,” “the present,” and “the future” are none other than “the past condition,” “the present condition,” and “the future condition.”
· It is only because we have memory that we have until today said that “the past condition” and “the future condition” exist. We say that “the past condition” did exist, because it leaves traces, as memory in our brains, thus leading us to say, the instant we recall it, that “the past condition” was there. We say that “the future” is there only because our brains have recorded the various changes of the past condition—such as the alternation of day and night—in our brains, thus leading us to believe that we will be experiencing the same condition.
· Man, being an existence, feels that “the present condition” exists. Because his body is made up of the sub-atomic particles that, according to the laws of mass and energy conservation,” are always present, he therefore feels that he is always “at present” throughout his lifetime. In more precise terms, he feels that he is always in “the present condition.”
· All of the basic matter that forms the universe is “always present” without ever knowing “the past condition.” Man, being one of the combinations of the basic matter, must therefore also feel(with his “feeling of existence”) that he is “always present.” Since all of the basic matter that constitutes the universe is continuously undergoing a change of position, man, who is made up of the combination of the basic matter, must therefore be also continuously experiencing a change of configuration. For this reason, man, because he is “always-present,” must also feel the various changes of condition. In other words, he feels that he is always at “the present,” or that he is always in an ever-changing “present condition.”
· The basic matter of the universe is “always present” with its varied changes and without any “past condition,” though man, being one of the innumerable combinations or groups of the basic matter and being in possession of memory, says that “the past condition” exists. It is due to the fact that man—while he is always in an ever-changing “present condition” throughout his life-time—has, because of his memory, remained steadfast in his assumption that “the past condition” exists that has led us to say, in negative terms, that our memory is by its very nature deceptive.
The “past condition” which this book claims to be non-existent is the “past condition” normally expressed in both speaking and writing to refer to any condition that has passed and is commonly associated with the present and the future conditions.
Evidently, all we have throughout our lifetime is an ever-changing “present condition.”
As human-beings destined to have memory, we will continue to use words such as “the past condition,” “the present condition,” and “the future condition,” though with a different meaning.
Let’s get back to the first paragraph and the anomalies elaborated above.
The first paragraph says: Indeed, there is one big difference between past and future though: We know about the past, but we don't know about the future……
By now it is perhaps obvious to you that while the memory man possesses does enable him to know the past, it can do nothing to help him know the future.
Concerning the anomaly that we constantly experience the past condition of our surroundings.
No wonder then that what we see around us is only “the past time,” or, to be more precise, “the past condition” of things. Is it not a fact that during the journey of light to our eyes, everything around us, including our bodies, has undergone “a change of condition”? Within the one year of the journey of the light of a star to our eyes, for instance, any change that occurs to both the star and ourselves is but a “change of condition.” It is only because of our assumption that the star “changes by time” that we are led to believe that what we see is the past of the star. It is this very “change of condition” that has been misinterpreted by man as a “change of time,” eventually leading him to see everything around him as only belonging to “the past,” or a mere illusion.
Yet, if we look upon this as a change of condition, we are apt to say that the rays of the star that come into our eyes are those rays in its “present condition” that convey the picture of the star in its “past condition.” We shall come to understand all those natural phenomena which we originally assume to be just an illusion and thus be no longer confused by them.
Concerning the anomaly that man feels that he always exists at “the present.”
Therefore, it also shouldn’t surprise us if we—our selves being made up of sub-atomic particles—should feel that we too are always at “the present time,” or, to be more precise, constantly in “the present condition” or “always present” amidst the various changes of condition.