Being a city carrier for the United States Post Office, I estimate that I easily deliver over 650,000 letters per year. But, last week, I heard someone say something about a letter he was sending that absolutely blew my mind.

He handed me the letter, and said, “I am sending this to the future.” I said, “What?” and he replied, “Think about it: this letter is not going to reach its destination until two or three days in the future, and by the time it gets there, this moment will be two or three days in the past. So, I am sending this letter to the future.”

I thought to myself, how is it possible that I have been doing this job for over 26 years and that simple thought has never come into my mind? Think about it: That man was absolutely correct. He was sending that letter into the future, and I just never let that thought register to me. So, then I started thinking about the present and really started freak out. 

If I was sitting three feet away from you, looking at your face, I would not see you in the present. I would be seeing you the way you were 3/10ths of a billionth of a second ago. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. That equals about a foot per nano-second, which is 1 billionth of a second.   

Do you realize that sunlight takes eight minutes and 20 seconds to reach earth? So, the sun could stop burning right now and everyone would think everything was fine for eight minutes and 20 seconds, and then we would grow dark and cold instantly.  

The star Polaris, which we call the North Star, is 680 light years away. If you look at the first two stars on the front of the big dipper, they almost point directly to Polaris all year long. So, if you think about it, we are constantly seeing things the way they were. Is this not a basic sense of time travel? Look at a photograph: photo=light, graph=writing. So, we are looking at the light-writing the way it was in the past, just a few billionths of a second before the photograph was taken.

Well, now I am going to send this column to the future.

 

God bless you all, RHM.