Past, Present, Future

Since my “Time” post generated considerable discussion, I decided to write another one along similar lines  – and give readers another topic to ponder.

Accepting that “Time” exists …

If you were able to choose, what period of your ADULT life would you prefer to live in … the past, present, or future?

Pretend you can step into a time machine and go forward or backward. Let your imagination take over.

Do fond memories of “good times” make you want to return to the “Past”? Do you like the idea of once again being young and agile? Are their special events you want to relive? Perhaps there are certain individuals you would like to see and talk to again.

Or do you like the idea of going forward into the “Future“? You’re now living in a totally electronic, voice-controlled home environment. Advanced medical procedures have made you well and healthy. You’ve just returned from your sightseeing trip to Mars

Or perhaps you’re satisfied with the “Present.” Putting aside the “the Virus,” you’re enjoying life right now. The things/events/people that currently surround you make you happy and content. Your circumstances (home, health, family, work) may not be ideal, but you’ve made your peace and have accepted what “is.”

So … if you had your “druthers,” where would you choose to travel in that time machine? Or would you even step inside?

39 thoughts on “Past, Present, Future

  1. I think I’ll stick with the present.

    I like the idea of going back to the past, if that makes me youthful again. But then that would imply losing all the knowledge that I have gained in the meantime, and I would have to learn it all over again. So maybe I don’t actually like that idea after all.

    Best to stay with the present.

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    • I was thinking more that you would/could return to the past with your memories intact. You wouldn’t actually be starting over, rather, you would be “reliving” things you did. In any case, it’s a tricky concept. 😎

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  2. I’d be beating on the door to travel back to the past just to relive my life with my wife again. A couple of things I’d like to do differently and a couple I hope maybe she’d do differently too. But maybe the benefit of hindsight doesn’t work that way. Maybe we have to learn things a certain way.
    Actually I’d pretty much swap life now for just an hour with her again.
    Hugs

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  3. I absolutely LOVE any discussions, stories, theatrical performances, TV series, or films that are based upon time-travel! In fact, I am probably an addict for time-travel stories. 😁

    There are several/many points in history I would want to travel back to… as well as into the NEAR future. But as to the past, the time I would likely most want to return to is the Late Second Temple Period of Roman/Jewish conflicts. Why you might ask? Simple…

    The entire historical context surrounding that time period—10 BCE to 120 CE, or later up to 400 CE—are so critically profound now in light of the latest comprehensive evidence and full context of the period, THAT it is undeniably, unequivocally apparent that what “tradition” has been passed down to the world by the Greco-Roman Church Fathers was IN FACT NOT at all the truth, or the entire truth! 😁

    If time-travel were indeed possible, that is absolutely the first geographical, cultural, and political period I would return to… to essentially corroborate what all historical methods and scientific disciplines are increasingly concluding:

    …that Greco-Roman Christianity, today’s modern Catholic/Protestant faith-system, is essentially based upon too many BOGUS precepts and false political proclamations by the dominant and victorious military-political Hellenistic groups… none of which was historically factual or the least bit plausible. Time-travel to that time period I am quite sure would confirm the overwhelming likelihood of this conclusion. 🙂

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    • No doubt about it, I’ve got to go with the Professor.

      I am curious as to why there is no contemporaneous writings or first eye witnesses to the life of the man we call Jesus. It is as if he never really existed based upon the the complete lack of any third party writings, especially since there were so many profound philosophers and theologians of the time. No one mentions him at all, at least no one that is accepted by scholars as legitimate.

      Even just the accounts of Jesus’s death alone would seem to mandate a mention of it by someone; rocks splitting into pieces, the dead rising from their graves and walking the city, the curtain in the Temple tearing in half. Not to mention the day turning into night and other incredible phenomena. And no one thought to write about it? Now THAT’S incredible!

      And who wouldn’t want to wait outside that tomb, previously owned by Joseph of Arimathea, a man not ever mentioned at all until this moment in scripture and who reigns from a place that has never been found on any map, ancient, medieval or modern? Waiting there for the soldiers to fall asleep or the Angels to show up, or the stone to roll aside, or whatever other version that you may head.

      How about standing in the crowd when Pilate comes out to address the crowd of Jews and declare he finds no guilt in the Nazarene and that, as luck would have it and in honor of a Roman custom he would be willing to free Jesus or the man of their choice? Even better, the crowd would choose a man – so called Barabbas, whose name literally means “Son of the Father” – and a man convicted of sedition and the murder of Roman citizens and Pilate goes along with it and lets Barabbas walk? As if……

      No, I got to see this for myself. This is the greatest Ponzi scheme ever invented and it’s STILL reaping big rewards. That’s why my choice is the period from 4 BCE to 33 CE.

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      • RapaR,

        Ponzi scheme is a good way of defining the Roman Empire’s Greek Apotheosis of not a failed Jewish Messiah in the purely Messianic terms of Homeland Jews of the period—no Roman Gentile would’ve gotten behind that—BUT instead a purely Hellenistic hijacking then tweaking/overhauling of the Jewish Messianic concept to fit a more well-known Gentile version for Gentile audiences—enter the Herodian, Hellenistic educated Saul of Tarsus. Right? And furthermore, Saul/Paul never met or spent any time whatsoever with Yeshua bar Yosef (Jesus). Zilch, nada, nothing at all except a supposed, unverifiable epileptic episode (in the NT) or hallucination very typical of those suffering from Simple Focal Seizures and Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Several historical records all over the world indicate that SFS with TLE was quite a common ailment in that time period.

        All of your bullet-points RapaR are a small part of an overwhelming LIBRARY of highly compelling problems, false history, and NON-Jewish Messianic and Sectarian records and evidence during Yeshua’s lifetime. The Dead Sea Scrolls are the primary source material for this “corrected,” accurate, true history… among other contemporaneous sources of the Tannaim Period or Mishnaic Period AND Late Second Temple Judaism/Messianism.

        Furthermore, I am DYING to know what Yeshua bar Yosef was REALLY up to between the ages of 13 and 29-years old!!! I’m convinced that if humanity were to ever discover and confirm records of those years validating contextually those 17-years, the ENTIRE modern New Testament would have to be tossed out the window completely! Well, despite the fact that today the NT is today typically considered a very unreliable “testament” already and the majority of reasonable, critically-thinking intelligent population of the West/world consider it 95% fiction… at best. 😄

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        • 😄 👍🏼 The similarities between the recorded teachings and events of “Issa,” a Bodhisattva in Theravada Buddhism, is a remarkable replica of what all theologians, skeptics, ministers, etc, know about Jesus/Yeshua of the Synoptic Gospels. In fact, the similarities are uncanny in many, MANY ways and teachings! Marcus Borg and others have researched the possibility that is…again, uncanny.

          But you’re right rawgod, once something is deeply indoctrinated and embedded into a population’s psyche and 1/3rd of the Western Hemisphere, for multiple generations without ANY significant critical examination or scrutiny about what was fed Greco-Roman church congregations… all that is damn hard to UN-program. It’s similar to telling children that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy really don’t exist. :/

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        • When even atheists want to see whether Chrust was real or not, that worries me. There would be so many other things to do, like sinking the Santa Maria before Columbo ever left the port in Spain. Maybe then no one would be calling me an Indian. I was not born in India.

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        • Well said, Professor. I get it, you can shoot holes in the NT all the live long day. My thoughts are that the whole thing was nothing more than a tempest in a teapot; a new mythology woven out of whole Jewish cloth by Paul, the Hellenists, and the Romans.

          There are however points of the story that one just cannot get past, I highlighted only a few of the more outrageous claims that just do not stand up to scrutiny. There’s so much more than this, as you say.

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      • RaPaR — I love, love, love the examples you gave! It would definitely be worth a trip “backward” to prove the fallaciousness of beliefs that so many cling to.

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        • Thank you Nan!

          The fact is there are many, many things one could easily choose, however some of the events are sina qua non, at least for Christianity. If Jesus doesn’t walk out of that tomb – if he were ever actually in a tomb, I have my own thoughts about it – then Christianity is exposed for what it really is; just another specious mythology. A Christ that doesn’t rise from the dead renders the whole thing null and void.

          For the record, I don’t believe that Jesus ever made it into a tomb. The entire “Joseph of Arimathea” vignette was nothing more than a writing device to get Jesus into a tomb he can rise from. Even a modicum of research on Pilate will demonstrate his abject and capricious cruelty. There’s no way he’d let anyone claim the body of an insurrectionist after just a few hours, especially a Jew since he detested the people, the job, and the area entirely. Jesus stayed on the cross until his body rotted, was consumed by animals, and literally fell off the cross. That was the desired message of crucifixion: “Don’t mess with Rome or this will be you!”

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    • Im as bad, I have time travel stories that fill a bookshelf: some good, some awful.

      Hard to say where I’d choose to go to. Or, rather, when. Im sure of the past, and lord knows I have enough of it now to draw on, and Im pretty sure of the future which Im in no hurry to meet, just yet. Im not as limber as i once was, and my memory is beginning to annoy me, but say, 20 years ago would be a treat.

      I could still get down on my knees and garden, and not need a helper to get me back up (Where is that Garden Helper named Sven when you need him), damn all I can feel the sun on my back right now.
      But on condition that i get to stay there, slowly. Not so much like GroundHog Day, over and over and over, but with the speed turned down a notch.

      Childhood Ill pass on, tyvm. =)

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  4. Traveling to the Future is pure imagination. It would be an unimaginable adventure; I think I won’t be comfortable with that perspective, or with the result. Going back to the Past instead, isn’t that what one’s memory usually does? But your idea is to take that step back WITH today’s knowledge and hindsight. Well, then yes, I would like to spend some time experiencing that.
    But at the hour of making a choice, I prefer the Present. I have lived a good life, and circunstances have not changed since I landed on this planet in 1931 – Different climates but to which Man will adapt themselves.. .
    Thank you for this amusing thought exercise, Nan!
    Will we know your take at the end of the day?
    .-.

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    • What I think I would like the most, Federico, is to be able to “check in” at both the past and the future … and then return to the present.

      There are things that happened in the past that I didn’t pay any attention to because I was so involved with “church,” so it would be interesting to experience things sans-religion. And I think it would be totally fascinating to see what the future holds. But then I would probably want to come back to “now” and finish out my days.

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      • Agree with a trip to the past, Nan! I would have enjoyed travelling with Columbus on his caravel, the “Pinta”, and hearing sailor Rodrigo de Triana’s shout “Tierra!” when he spotted that island in the Bahamas (thinking it was Japan? – a New World anyway)..
        But as for the future, no horoscope for me. Today, I would definitely not like to know if my future child will be a girl or a boy. What can be more surprising than the momen it is born?
        .-

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  5. I’d definitely not want to go back to any part of my past, and my present is essentially working toward my future, which is unknown, so I guess I’d have to opt for that future that you described, Nan, with electronic everything. At least in that future I’d have a well-insulated smoke-free apartment with no elephants tromping over my head as I write. In said future I’d love to be part of a community which is also working to make the world more just and safe for all of us.
    I guess I’d be the p/t Greek folk dance teacher, when not teaching math and languages, or doing my own writing.

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    • If I can’t go back to the past then I’d like to volunteer for team Shira making the world a better place. If the world has forgotten I’d show them the delights and health benefits of Hugging.
      Huge Hugs

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  6. Thanks, but I’ll stay right here, right now, I mean now, no now….
    Here, I am happy. I love myself, and I like being me, despite my health issues. Now, if I could go sideways, that might be a worthy journey.A world with no Trump cultists? Priceless!

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  7. I am such a right here, right now person, I can’t even… When I do manage a bit of imagining (“in my next life…”), it is always some sort of melding of all times. I suppose, “every form of refuge has its price.”

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  8. Nan, good post. You may recall I wrote a post recently that if things happened differently, the wonderful things that did happen – great wife and family – may not have. I was lamenting some of the choices I made and where I could have acted better. We are a composite of our experiences, good and bad, hopefully learning from both. My wife came along at the right time when I was more mature and less into those stupid games some of us used to play. In other words, I was more ready for a real relationship. If I could go back, I would at least like to say to a few folks, I wish I had told you this or treated you better than I did. Not to change it , but to say I was less fair to you than I should have been. Keith

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  9. There is definitely a degree of romanticism attached to travelling back in time.

    For example: Let me go back and stop Adolf’s mum and dad from ever meeting. ( One need not kill him) How big a difference would this make to the world we know today?

    And , yes, naturally I wouldn’t be Ark if I didn’t itch to be deposited in the time of JC – I even wrote a novel about the very subject!

    There is also the belief that what is done is done, so even if one were to travel to the past one would create a different time-line, but this present will always exist irrespective what one does to the past.

    However, if pushed ….my all time favourite would be to be queuing outside the Fillmore East on New Years’ Eve, 1969, with a front row ticket in my hand!

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  10. I’m a believer in the old adage “careful what you wish for” and time travel seems so fraught with potential mishaps. I’d hate end up tied to a board and drowned as a witch for example. So, I’d stick with the present.

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  11. Very interesting post. Since the good and bad and really bad activities of my past have brought me here to this moment where I’m quite happy, I’m prone to say I’ll stay in the present. BUT, I wouldn’t mind going back to the past to correct one major regret that I still own. And that is to talk to my parents about their past, their lives as young people in the 1930s and 40s. I would also like to talk to my mother’s sisters, who were fascinating women, about the world in which they lived. And then I’d go further back and talk to my grandparents.
    That’s it. Just sit back with a cup of coffee and talk to folks about their lives. Something, to this day, I regret I never did.

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  12. Oh definitely the past and I’d do some things different. Second choice, the present..it’s pretty good. At my age, the future holds only more aging and finally death…
    However I would not go back to gain time, but to change up some things.

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