All events, present, past and future, of you, the car, Tom, the cabin, Jerry in the cabin, the flags, and the photon, and everything else in the universe exist permanently!
The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion.
Because Spacetime is made of space (3 dimensions: width, height, depth) and time (4th dimension) it is also called 'Four-Dimensional Spacetime' (4D Spacetime).
Your total life is a 4D Spacetime entity, made of all the events of your personal life.
Why our consciousness is only aware of present moment is open to debate.
Based on the information from our environment (through sensory perception of information coming from events out of billions that exist out there permanently as building bricks of total Spacetime) our conciousness constructs our worlds of simultaneous events: our 'past', 'present' and 'future' worlds (our 3D space worlds at specific moments). In fact -and this gets to the core of the matter- our 3D (space)worlds do not exist as such, individually, separately. They are only cuts through total 4D Spacetime, cuts that collect those events that are simultaneous for an observer at a specific time moment.
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- Relativity for Dummies
- 4D Spacetime Block Universe
- Reciprocal time dilation
- Reciprocal length contraction
- Lengths do not 'appear' contracted!
- Measuring the contracted train
- Constant light speed
- Where is the bullet?
- Train experiment
- Slower and shorter - case study
- Minkowski vs Loedel
- Spacetime video
- Further reading