ok so I was thinking about it and was wundering if anyone had an answer for me. the question is that: is something you shine a light at younger than something that shines a light at you? for example... I point a flashlight at a car that is 300meters away in order to see it. for the purpose of this example i will use simple numbers that arent necesairly true but serve the example btw... so lets say it takes 1 second for a particle of light to travel from my flashlight to the car that is 300m away (i know it would be quite shorter than that but you get the point). It then takes another 1s for the light to travel back to my eye so i can see it therefore I see the car the way it was two seconds ago. If i replace the car with a lamp that is also 300m away and turn on the lamp via remote then it will only take one second for the light from the lamp to contact my eye. does this mean that the car will be slightly younger than the lamp if they sit side by side (but there is a wall preventing light from the car and lamp from interfeering with their respective light)? if this makes sence than would that mean that a source of light is always older than something that neads to have light directed towards it in order to observe it? to explain what i mean by younger and older: you observe something that takes one second to reach by light. the light then travels back to you. this would cause the image to appear to be one second before some other object that is of equal distance yet the initial time taken to reach it of one second would be cut out becuase it would emit the light in this second case. so the image of the second one would be one second old and the image of the origional object would be two seconds old. the one:two ratio would not stay constant i.e. the origional case after 10 seconds of observation would still be only one second younger than the second case.