As you read this, time is passing. For time to pass, everything in our galaxy (if not the universe) must move from one place to another. The location to which each particle in our galaxy moves is considerably consistent with the laws of physics which we have established, based on our trial-and-error tests and consequent theorems.
Most atoms are surrounded by other atoms, and their borders produce the electromagnetic field by which light travels from place to place. Every time an electron of an atom moves from one position to another, light (in the form of a photon) is released into the electromagnetic field (what I’d like to think of as the big network that connects everything).
Apparently, every time light in the form of a photon passes an atom in the electromagnetic field it affects the position of the atom it’s bypassing’s electron. And with all these photons that are being produced from these electron movements, our universe doesn’t seem to get too much bigger due to the light because of the massless-ness of a photon (the famed and elusive particle of light).
Because light travels at the speed of light (go figure that :)), a lot of atoms are moved quickly all the time, producing more light all the time. The electromagnetic field is demonstrating a homeomorphic movement every time these movements happen, as it (the network the connects everything) shifts from one big form-of-everything to the next, because there is a continuous function of movement (which is determined by the movement of light) between all atoms.
Here is an example of the homeomorphism between two shapes (a donut and mug).
Homeomorphism describes how all the atoms move around with each other. Every time atoms shift, a moment in time is represented as passing. Time moves differently in different areas, because there is more activity of electrons (or kinetic energy) in some areas at some points in time, and less activity of electrons in other areas. The more kinetic energy there is in a location, the more moments in time pass at that location, while in other locations of less activity, less moments in time are occurring. Meanwhile, the overall form shifts in one continuous motion. In places of high kinetic energy, things move from place to place faster, and things in other locations seem to move slowly. Gravity is the direction that a thing moves based on the overall movement of all the other atoms in the galaxy (and maybe even the universe).
So, gravity is not really a force, but an indicator that we live in a homeomorphic universe that is moving from one big shape to the next. Einstein called gravity the four dimensional fabric of space and time. It connects things and where they are now with where they will be in the next moment of time. In quantum mechanics this is called the Hamiltonian (the function that tells everything in a system where its going based on each particle’s kinetic and potential energy properties).
So, here’s the kicker, if all of this is true. The universe could be created and end almost simultaneously, but how long the process perceivably would take would depend on how much movement occurred in that space between the start and end of the universe’s form. If we lived in an area of the universe that only moved from one place to the next during the lifetime of the universe, the next 30 billion Earth years of the universe’s lifetime could be perceived in a moment. I’m glad I live in a place that’s surrounded by some pretty robust amounts of energy! Because that means we get to perceive more time in this homeomorphic universe of ours.