A café conversation between two friends:
-Sid: Do you believe the future exists?
-Nancy: No, I believe it will happen, but it doesn’t exist yet.
-S: Okay. What about the past?
-N: It is over. It no longer exists. It has expired.
-S: So then, all that is real is the present?
-N: In a sense, yes. The present is all that exists.
-S: In a sense?
-N: The past happened, it’s real.
-S: You just said the past doesn’t exist, now you say it is real. I don’t understand.
-N: Just because something no longer exists doesn’t mean it never did.
-S: So the past once existed, but now it no longer exists. If the past doesn’t exist, how did it exist before?
-N: Just like the present exists right now.
-S: Where was the present when the past existed?
-N: Hadn’t happened yet.
-S: So, there was once a past with no present?
-S: Then what? That is what you just said, “the present hadn’t happened yet.” The present didn’t exist in the past.
Slightly frustrated and with a full bladder, Nancy excuses herself to the toilet seeking refuge from the mind-numbing inquiry. After a few minutes of refreshing her mind and relieving her bladder, she feels fully prepared to re-engage Sid.
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