Time travel is a one-way street; physics is quite strict on this. We are all heading the same way in time and, mostly depending on speed and altitude, at the same rate. What if I could upset Einstein and break through the fabric of space-time in some kind of transport (maybe larger on the inside), when could I go?
It’s like laying a huge big canvas in front of you and going paint something, anything. The abundance of choice makes a decision impossible. The imagination seizes without direction. “I’ll visit the greatest moment in human history”, I’ll cry…but when is that?
Events of the 20th century have lost their impact, with many momentous occasions being replayed that surely they are not worth a visit when you can catch them again soon on the TV. What does the experience of standing on a French beach in June 1944, watching a man in a spacesuit in 1969 or a Berlin street in 1989 have to your understanding of the events unfolding around you. We can only look at them with the eyes of an outsider, of someone who knows how much, or how little, things will change. The shock of tragic events cannot be replayed, the feelings of waking up on September 11th to see events unfolding in a confusing and terrible way, nor why would you wish to observe such suffering.
Often history happens in a slow and ponderous way that would require multiple visits in my time machine. The discoveries and teachings of Charles Darwin, Martin Luther, Isaac Newton, Plato, Einstein, Christopher Columbus, cannot are felt through the years and would require much time toing-and-froing.
Instead of going backwards I could choose to go forward at a greater pace to the future. Although I expect there will be no huge changes in life just what we have now but thinner and smaller (except the waistline). Saying that, when you think back fifteen years to 1999 it is amazing how much we take for granted today that wasn’t around then, like iPods and Google.
This near future is scary enough that I wouldn’t want to go there either. In fact living when I am is perfectly acceptable, it doesn’t appear to be as depressing as the past nor as frightening as the future. Maybe if I had the power to travel time I would use it to just skip advert breaks on TV.
You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice:
- the ability to speak and understand any language
- the ability to travel through time
- the ability to make any two people agree with each other
Source: A Bird, a Plane, You!