What is so special about the speed of light c? Only light energy can travel as fast as light and nothing can ever go faster. Suppose you are a celestial analog clock (like the analog timepiece modelled in geosynchronous orbit above the black and white checkerboard planet in Plinth Park — let us assume) and the time was 01:60:20 UT (Universal Time), 01:46:46 ST (Standard Time). There have been countless celestial analog clocks since the Big Bang, a regular procession of the clocks throughout the eons, but, one by one, every clock stopped. To commemorate the demise of a clock, loram gniebs, moral beings similar to us, yet not the same, erected a plinth. Visualize yourself as a celestial analog clock hurtling through space at a maximum velocity of 235,794,887 meters per universal second, 299,792,458 meters per standard second, which is equal to c. From your vantage point, time is standing still momentarily, but from the point of view of the cosmos, including that of your species going about its day-to-day, routine affairs on planet X, time flies slowly. Test the hypothesis.

Having trust in your species is important. Trusting your fellow sentients is a virtue. Trust me.

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