I'm just begininning to undrestand the concepts laid out in the special theory of relativity, however I do have some issues which I'm having trouble coping with and perhaps someone on here can help me sort them out. I understand that some of these questions are probably not worded correctly, but please have patience as I'm just begginning to learn about the theory. So my first question and the main reason why I started this thread is : Why is it that no frame of reference can pass by another frame of reference at a relative speed faster then "c"? It's hard to swallow that no two frames of reference in our entire universe are moving in such a way and at such velocities that they never move at speeds higher then "c"? And my second question is: Is the belief among those who understand the theory of special relativity that time and space is ACTUALLY not absolute in reality? That what's occuring in the universe right now might be the same for us inertial observers on earth, but not necessarily to those travelling at different velocities to ours? I know it's an amateurish question, but I can't help asking since my inuitions about the absolutness of time/space are seriously limiting my ability to grasp the concepts of WHY time dilates or WHY lengths contact. Is it hopeless to question WHY it's happening, is there an answer that will satisfy intuition, or should I just be satisfied with knowing HOW, understanding the equations, predictions, consequences? Case in point: Right NOW I'm sitting on my laptop typing this out. Isn't this very MOMENT the exact same for EVERYONE in the universe regardless of speeds, distances, direction of movement, etc, etc???? Now at THIS VERY MOMENT that I'm typing this (or that you're reading this), is it true according to the theory that individuals in this very same universe are at a moment where THIS isn't happening right NOW (that I'm NOT typing right now, or that you're not reading this right now)? If I'm NOT typing this right now then what am I doing? Since its verifiable that i'm typing this right now, isn't it absolute fact that anywhere you are in the universe, moving at any speed i'm still typing this RIGHT at this moment?? Do some individuals in our universe exist in a state where I'm JUST booting up my computer right now, or already sleeping after posting this?? Does no one else see how crazy this **** is if it's true? Doesn't this just absolutley boggle everyones mind? How is it that I'm the only one that thinks this is absolutle bat **** crazy? If this is too mumble jumbo I understand, but I really needed to get this off my chest, and you guys are the only ones that seem to be capable of helping me or at least setting me straight. Thanks for your time.