Statesboro, GA, USA
Time is an illusion, so in essence there
is no past, only the now. The concept of
linear time is a trick the ego played on
us to distract us from our "Source."
I'm not convinced. I am aware that defining and describing time is like trying to catch smoke in a butterfly net, and yet it is still necessary. But unlike this excercise in futility with the net, our descriptions are partially true, else they wouldn't be as useful as they are. If you didn't understand what the "past" was, your language and everyday experience wouldn't be so immersed in it's recognition. You tell your friend that you "paid" his parking ticket. That's a whole lot different than "will pay", especially when it is due today.
Saying that time is illusory is an Eastern approach that (in my opinion) simply relegates to unreality all complexities we don't understand. Individuality and being are no less suspect in an Eastern paradigm, yet I don't think you're ready to give them up. I think you were hinting at this when you said "ego".
My point is, if it's a trick, it's a pretty good one, and one which you fall for (and will fall for, ) over and over again. If you didn't, you'd be falling for something far more beguiling.
Don't get me wrong, The Hindus, Buddhists, and New Agers, all believe in something that is "true", but premature. God (as the book of Ecclesiastes says) has indeed set Eternity in our hearts, which creates the tension causing us to distrust present limitations. There will be a time when our relationship with time will be totally new and transcendent, but not yet.
I haven't read much contemporary stuff on time, but Augustine's "Confessions" has a delightful wrestling segment where he tries to tackle this very question.