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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Two people leave from parallel points in space and head to other parallel points the same distance apart.

Person 1 travels through empty space outside any gravitational influence, and it takes him 1 day to reach his destination.

Person 2 comes close to a black hole on the way. It takes him 10 years to reach his destination. The overall distance in space is the same but person 2 has actually traveled much further, because he traveled through a compressed area of space.

Could you say the black hole is compressing distance? Does that make any sense as an idea, that space time isn't bent by gravity but simply distance is compressed? That you are not actually measuring time, but distance relative to other distance? Time has not slowed in the black hole but distance has been compressed.

Person 1 travels through empty space outside any gravitational influence, and it takes him 1 day to reach his destination.

Person 2 comes close to a black hole on the way. It takes him 10 years to reach his destination. The overall distance in space is the same but person 2 has actually traveled much further, because he traveled through a compressed area of space.

Could you say the black hole is compressing distance? Does that make any sense as an idea, that space time isn't bent by gravity but simply distance is compressed? That you are not actually measuring time, but distance relative to other distance? Time has not slowed in the black hole but distance has been compressed.