The Ultimate Question – When? Where?

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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.

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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. 🙂

18 thoughts on “The Ultimate Question – When? Where?

  1. What an interesting question to ponder. There is a lot to think about around it too. Great post. (I honestly think I would choose the 60s… peace, love and some great rock and roll)

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  2. It’s hard for me to think in terms of going back in time. For each simplicity that I’d like to think I might embrace again there are also medical advances that wouldn’t be offered. One of my best friends died in the ’70s from a Cancer she would surely have survived today. I’m not absolutely sure people were ever truly kinder and less malevolent. They may have hidden behind a more civil exterior but I’m not convinced times were actually better. And I’m not brave enough to wish myself into the future, so I suppose I’ll need to stay right here. I do love to think about these possibilities, though. I like what you had to say. I’d give up computers and social media and even cell phones if I thought it would simplify my life. I truly have a “love” “hate” relationship!

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    • My best friend, the gayest, sweetest man, the best friend any woman can wish for, died of Aids in the early 80’s. With today’s knowledge he would be able to live an almost normal life. If he would have not died, would I have met my husband? Would I have gotten involved in the aids movement the way I did?
      Were people back then more civilist? Gosh, Debra I love your comments, they make me think.
      No, they were not, but they had more respect and feared consequences. I behaved not because I was a good child by nature, but because I knew my actions had consequences -even when those consequences came in the form of a wooden spoon.

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      • Oh the wooden spoon! Part of my childhood, too. 😦 I was definitely raised in a more authoritarian time, and that was more norm in most of my friend’s households. We probably grew up with some quirks that aren’t always the healthiest, but I was safe and didn’t get in too much trouble.

        I hear what you’re saying about your friend. What a terrible time that must have been to lose him in the early 80’s when there was so much misinformation and heartlessness towards AIDS sufferers. We can’t go back and do things differently, but I know that you use your introspection to make better decisions for the future. There’s a lot of wisdom in that!

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  3. I looked through your list of going back to … with interest for much of what you have written applies here too. Your conclusion is a realistic one too: I remind myself that even Plato thought the music young people listened to was awful! I take your point about grandchildren on board, however as I have four I feel the need to add how heartened I am by the positive attitude of the older ones towards environmental matters and the need to strive towards a more evenly balanced society. They are young still, but have dreams of a better future.

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  4. I did indeed. I concluded that I could see very little to indicate anything other than that humans will be the authors of their own demise. We have become complacent, too disinterested to make the necessary changes to save our planet. I am thankful that I have no grandchildren to worry about! Therefore, I take the selfish view that I am happy to remain how I am, where I am, to try to help others in any way I can, and to enjoy the remaining time I have. Does that mean I’ve given up? I hope not!

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  5. I love your thoughts on this Bridget, and you are completely right, stay right where you are.
    In response to another post the other day I wrote:

    “There is only now, for now is where we exist, and it is good!”

    We certainly cannot change the past, and we cannot pre determine the future. Now, we can use our best efforts to improve things for ourselves, and others.

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