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Imagine I am in my garden looking at a star whose light has traveled thirteen billion light years. It has not traveled through time for thirteen billion years.When a photon is a Planck length from hitting one of my particles if we created a boundary to isolate the photon and my particle : what is the present within the bounded system ? What time is it within the system ? 13 billion years ago as per the photon or our "now" as per my particle or a mixture ? (If we consider the photon and all of me then the predominant time is mine but it is not ubiquitous or universal).
Our current conception is inadequate and flawed : if time were, like mass and energy, variable at particle level and capable of influencing space-time at particle level then a number of quantum paradoxes would no longer be seen as paradoxical.