To you I ask…


Stomach rumbles, eyes ache. Must be mid-day. Been here four hours, four more to go until class. It has warmed up to 68 but that’s still nice. A colleague upstairs just posed this question to me:

“Would it be better to be able to go back in time and change things or better to be able to see in the future?”

What do you think?

5 thoughts on “To you I ask…

  1. I would like to see into the future. If I changed the past, then I would not be the person I Am today. I like where I am and who I’ve become – warts and all :)

  2. Perhaps I have been reading way too much about Derridian Deconstruction (eww.. Smells like grad school) but the answer to this question is the same in both cases. If I go back in time to change something that change is predicated on knowledge of the future at the moment I make the change and if I know the future and attempt to alter it I am essentially performing the exact same act. To put it another way if I know the future then I am already in the past whether or not I have physically been there. So the only variable is: do I at one moment in time want to think of myself as the changer or the changed because the outcome will inevitably be same. I think this question has a really fascinating religious component, but this has already become excessive so I will cut it off here. :-)

  3. Well thank you for your input – you made me really think about it because my first reaction when asked this was, “neither”. But maybe I’ve seen “Back to the Future” one too many times.

  4. If I could go back with the knowledge that I have now, then that’s what I’d do. To go back and have to make all new choices, then no — no way in hell as a matter of fact!

    To be able to see into the future would be nice… no one wants to see loved ones suffer so if I had the chance to prevent it, I would.

    Guess that makes me a sucker huh?

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