In which the future is like now, but with more crazy.
The future is a scary place full of strange unknowns. If history is the study of the past to stop the same mistakes happening then maybe it’s a failure, not only do the same mistake keep recurring but we manage to find new and amazing ways to mess everything up.
What if you could travel to the future? What would you be able to do? Everytime you thought you had changed something for the better there would be unseen consequences that managed to speed up the hell-bound cart.
Still maybe I could try and predict the future, what harm can it do? In the last year the President of the United States said the ‘n’ word, rainbow flags were raised as others came down, and Donald Trump decided he wanted to build a wall round Mexico.
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?
How much of what goes on do we really see? I know that a large chunk of my life is never seen by people I know, and as for what goes on in my head well that can be very private. So it is with history, a book on the Cuban missile crisis will give a good account of events and documented meetings but don’t you wish you could have been a fly on the wall in JFK or Kruschev’s office?
What goes through the mind of those with the power to make huge impacts on history, how did Caesar decide he was going to cross the Rubicon, what went through Churchill’s mind as the Battle of Britain raged? To have been in the room as Einstein tidied up his theories. There are so many moments to choose from so how could you decide?