A mysterious anomaly about the aging process is that the older one gets, the faster time accelerates. A week for a young child feels almost like a day for me, a 75 year old man.
For instance, when a child is small, he views older people, including the historical period in which those older people were born, as exceedingly remote. Logically, it would seem that as a person ages, his past would seem more and more remote as his future appears to close in faster and faster as he approaches the death state. But this is not the case. Each person experiences his past almost as something traveling along with him as he ages. But the more he ages, the faster time accelerates.
If time and space were real, they would be mathematical constants like light and sound. And isn't it strange that we measure light and sound by non-existing time and space?
The fact that time accelerates as we get older, while the aging person's concept of his life's past seems almost compact or contemporary, means that a person is approaching something he has experienced before - the death state. Through the inner memory of having died physically many times in the past, we consciously feel this acceleration of time to the coordinate known as "death". Finally, the older person gets to the end of his journey. After breathing his last, he suddenly wakes up as a baby, feeling the remoteness of aging and the nearness of youth. And the process repeats itself all over again.
Even Christ explained why this is so in the Apocryphal Thomas Gospel. The disciples asked Christ to describe the kingdom of heaven. Christ answered, "A man old in years asks a seven day old child." I understand this statement to mean that a newly born child retains just enough of its past ego in order to be aware enough to suckle and make its wants and needs known until it acquires the experiences needed to abandon the past ego and immerse itself into the new one. In other words, what we mistakenly call "instinct" is just memory.
Gene D. Matlock