What is human nature? A complex array of interactions, emotions, and systems of belief that conjures up a myriad of potential outcomes.
I guess for me I look to the future as much as I look to the past. A great thought of the nature of existence is that time is arbitrary, consequences are not. We can measure time based on human terms of seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, and centuries, but how can we measure consequences.
This is just me musing on the nature of existence, we base our lives on something like time, but in reality, what we should focus on is causality, which creates the basis of who we are.
For instance, How did this guy get so old?
Seems simple right, time passes by. He's 10 years older, 20 years older, and so on, but in fact, time doesn't exist as you see it. It's an arbitrary plane of dimension. If I were on a different planet with a longer orbital path, where a year passes by relative to us at 2.5x, then 10 years is 25 years and 20 years is 50 years.
Maybe, he's old due to his depth of experiences. A common 3rd dimensional view and something writers have played with for ages. You gain experiences and grow a character through it. However, depth does not make you old, it makes you grow.
What if the measure of age is not in length, width, nor depth, but consequence itself?
I am musing into the metaphysics and the concept of a 4th dimensional framework toward interpretation beyond time and relativity, but into the effects that are created by every interaction.
In this view, a 10 year old can be 20 years old due to all the consequences of his life, just as a 20 years old can be compared to a 5 years old due to all the consequences of his life.
People argue about age and experience, but what I am thinking is age without framework of time.