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A Theory of Asymmetrical Relativity

A Theory of Asymmetrical Relativity

June 19, 2021 --

This item is written on June 10, 2021.  On June 10, 1958, LPR's graduating high school class at the Fieldston School had its graduation ceremony.  This, then, marks the 63rd anniversary of the graduation of Fieldston's Class of 1958.

In 1958, someone marking the 63rd anniversary of his or her high school graduation ceremony, would have graduated from high school in 1895.

Here is where the asymmetric relativity comes in.  For LPR, 1958 -- more than six decades ago -- seems little more than a few months ago, if not yesterday.   But in 1958, 63 years in the past seemed like ancient history - an eon ago.

This is where the theory comes in.   The times in which we live fly by rather swiftly as we look back on our past.   But the times in which we did not live seem so distant, and indeed as petrified as a fossil.

And so: 63 years prior to our existence are chronologically, but not existentially, equal to 63 years lived: LPR's theory of asymmetric relativity.

And here is the collateral thought.  A high school senior is likely to be 17 or 18 years of age at graduation.  This means that the members of the   Class of 1958 are now  80 or 81 years old, being born in 1940 or 1941,   The high school senior of the Class of 1895 was born around 1877 or 1878!   For LPR, someone who in 1958 was 81 years old would have been really aged.  Yet for LPR, today, the age of 81 has no adverse impact on a sense of youthfulness.   

Sixty years ago, LPR was amazed to learn that the great Giuseppe Verdi still composed operas after the age of 80.  Today, LPR is no longer amazed, and, to the contrary, would have expected nothing less from Maestro Verdi.

Book agents, take notice:  LPR is ready to have a book of his youthful-in-heart  (populist conservative) writings published.