What time and place would I travel to if there would be a time machine? My blogging friend Peter, from Peter’s pondering, asked me that question a while back, and as so often, I didn’t have an answer right away. However, I thought I found a clever way out because he had mentioned there would be no return and a one-way ticket in a time machine didn’t seem desirable at all.
The question lingered in the back of my mind all summer long, and I thought about it often.
Would I travel to the future or back in time?
Back to where? Forward to when?
Perhaps the Roman Empire, or the Greek Empire, both areas fascinated me in school, also there is an evil guy named Hitler (and many more) who I could stop -considering I would land at the right spot at the right time -both unknown to me.
I would be the hero, but I would also alter history and ultimately change the future. That much I learned from watching Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future.
Isn’t that the biggest issue with our imaginary time travels? No matter what we would do, we would somehow mess either with the future or with the past -not that it always would be a bad thing. But when you think about it, even if we could prevent crimes and dark times from happening, somehow we would cheat someone else out of something good.
The balance of life. Even in the darkest hours, there is a light somewhere.
If I would travel to the future, to what year would I set the time? How far ahead could I move and still be certain that this planet and humans are still existing? Dangerous to even think about it!
How about the time before my death? Perhaps an hour with myself on my deathbed to get a glimpse of how peaceful (or dramatic) my departure might be? Will I be a coward or brave?
Do I want to know?
Maybe there is no time for the time I would like to arrive in?
I would like to go back …
…to a time without social media
…to a time when we teased each other and didn’t hate
…to a time when kids could safely play outside
…to a time when we didn’t have to lock our cars or homes
…to a time when we respected each other
…to a time when making a medical choice was a right, and not forced
…to a time when human life was valued
…to a time when we were terrified of guns
…to a time when we still had big dreams and hopes
…to a time when people taught their children right from wrong and lived by example
…to a time when you weren’t afraid in your own home
…to a time when you weren’t afraid to be shot outside of your home
…to a time when it was safe to internationally roam
…to a time when schools were viewed as a safe haven
…to a time when we still had core values
I would like to go to a future…
…to a time when we all live in peace
…to a time when we all will respect each other
…to a time when we all will be equal
…to a time when we will be kind to each other
…to a time when there will be no hunger in this world
…to a time when justice actually will not be blind
…to a time when we will use knowledge wisely
…to a time when we won’t kill anymore
…to a time when we all will be free
Well, it looks like I will stay right where I am. 🙂