Friday Filler – The Challenges of Real Life Time Travel


For almost as long as man has been able to tell time (when Grog Smith, mentioned to Ugha Jones that he noticed the sun went down every night), mankind has been fascinated with the concept of time travel.  And even the most erudite theoretic physicists in history have a hard time convincing one another that time may or may not be malleable, allowing us to move to and fro through event horizons of time/space.

Of course, popular culture has all but shredded any real commonsense thought about the possibilities of traveling to or from a single point in time…making us all believe that time is simply a linear string, with knots representing every second, minute, hour, day, and year of existences, that can be used as a road marker, or untied to alter the course of the rest of the string.

But, that is silly…no matter what Dr. Brown and Marty would have you believe.

And while the most brilliant minds in the world are all at CERN, breaking all of the standard rules of physics by shooting protons beyond the speed of light (which in itself destroys the traditional laws of physics), it is widely becoming an accepted theory that there is very clear evidence that much of what we see, touch and feel, is rooted in a dimension that is OUTSIDE this space/time…Time, and any clear definition of it, is more a perception than a reality.

As I have written about for years (as our old friends at TSTOFriends can attest), to me it isn’t really so much the measurement of time, but the value of how you spend that time.  And let’s be brutally honest…there are few activities in this world that can suck up more time, or squander more of that magic “Life Currency” than tapping. It’s been so long ago that I grabbed that phrase, I can’t remember the source. But, I suspect it came during the first Sci-Fi update a LONG time ago.  But, “Life Currency” is such an accurate description of the real value of time, that I purloined (a polite term for stole) it…and have used it since.

However, what if we COULD go back and forth in time?  What if we could “get back that wasted hour or two or five,” if we had the ability to do so?  And, if we became greedy with our time travel, what major life-changing events would we choose to alter to change the outcome of our existence today?  WOULD YOU DO IT???

I’d like to say that with age, and an expansive expenditure of time spent, that I have stopped asking these questions.  Sadly…I have not.  But, I will admit that the time that I would travel would be far shorter, and have far less impact on the greater reality of others, if I had that ability. More like, “Eek…I would like to go back and hit a 6 iron there, instead of a 7, and I would have carried that water hazard.”

But, even something as mundane and insignificant as, “DAMMIT! I wish I hadn’t spent donuts on that stupid “Mansion of Solid Gold” so I had enough to buy the cool new thing that is going to come with the next event!” can actually have rippled effects on the outcome of your life. Yes…even the smallest actions of Free Will can alter your history.

Think about it…

If the time you spent today, was spent leaving earlier to get to work this morning, would you have been in a different place, at a different time, that may have resulted in you being sideswiped by a guy who was tapping on his phone while driving? But because you left a few minutes later, you missed the accident altogether?  SPPPPOOOOOOKY!  Time, Free Will, and Cause and Effect are like that.

Ask Homer…and the dinosaurs.

Which again, is silly…because time isn’t predetermined at all. What happened (if you ascribe to the multi-verse, or string chaos theories of physics) may in fact happen several different ways at the same time, resulting in several different outcomes, over several different realities.  PHEW!!  I think my head just exploded.

But…here is why I don’t play the, “If I could change something in my past” game (beyond the whole 6/7 iron bit).

When I was 20 years old…I made a snap decision after a football game, that resulted in me getting married too soon, becoming a father very early, and not finishing college. HUGE ramifications for a snap decision of Free Will. It changed the outcome of my life forever.

For the better…

Had I NOT made the decision I made that night…the chain of events that turned out to be my life as I know it today, would not have happened. I wouldn’t have my oldest daughter, or for that matter ANY of my five daughters and 4 grandkids.  I would not have been forced to grow up, and learn to think on my feet, learning to create businesses and opportunities out of necessity, rather than take the “safe route.” And I would not have met the TRUE love of my life, after 5 years of torture that taught me who I really wanted in my life, and what true happiness could be…and…well...the list goes on and on and on…right up to the minute I decided to reveal that last bit here in print.

I am content with the way my life has played out.  And I am guessing, that almost all of you, when you REALLY stop and think about it, wouldn’t trade the real benefits of who you have become, by the Free Will choices you have made, for all of the chances you think would alter your life for the better.

Because there is simply no other reality, than the one you exist within. And, that is the way it supposed to be.  Every action you take, every choice you make, has a ramification that alters the next phase of your reality. Every second you spend of your “Life Currency” buys you the next decision…every minute, hour, day and year of your life.

Looking back is a waste of time. Spending your time wisely is the bedrock of the future you choose to make for yourself. But is is ALWAYS malleable…because every choice is a new course.

So…no matter what the next event brings…or how unlikely the physics that it will be based upon will seem…just know that the time you spend playing it, is only as good as the pleasure it brings you.  Or something like that…

WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE if you could go back in time?  And please…no politics. We all got what we deserved there… LOL!

The only thing for certain about this life, is that the total amount of time we have is the biggest unknown. So spend it wisely…with no regrets. Make every second count…

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47 responses to “Friday Filler – The Challenges of Real Life Time Travel

  1. We are all time traveling all day every day – you just can’t adjust the speed or the direction you’re going in. 😉
    There’s also a school of thought saying that our perception of time as linear is directly tied to our way of existence, and can’t be overcome. No time travel possible for us. For beings outside our perception, who exist in more than four dimensions, time would be like the spacial dimensions are for us – everything happens sort of at the same time, and you can go back to any given moment, just like you can turn around a car and go back to where you came from. But that also means, there is really no causality between events any more, so there is really not much point in changing anything.

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  2. Penis Ottomotel

    I miss the old days… A new level now and then, not these annoying limited time events…… :/

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  3. “The journey is the destination.” Enjoy what you’ve got, while you’ve got it because you never know what will happen next, good, bad, or unremarkable.

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  4. “One of the major problems encountered in time travel is not that of becoming your own father or mother. There is no problem in becoming your own father or mother that a broad-minded and well-adjusted family can’t cope with. There is no problem with changing the course of history—the course of history does not change because it all fits together like a jigsaw. All the important changes have happened before the things they were supposed to change and it all sorts itself out in the end.

    The major problem is simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr. Dan Streetmentioner’s Time Traveler’s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you, for instance, how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. The event will be descibed differently according to whether you are talking about it from the standpoint of your own natural time, from a time in the further future, or a time in the further past and is futher complicated by the possibility of conducting conversations while you are actually traveling from one time to another with the intention of becoming your own mother or father.

    Most readers get as far as the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up; and in fact in later aditions of the book all pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs.”

    Douglas Adams
    The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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  5. Time travel in my opinion is one of those things you just don’t worry about! It is a responsibility of mass proportions because your traveling would affect more than just yourself! Better to embrace what is in front of you! Learn from your past! Look forward to the future and bring what you’ve learned with you!

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  6. I don’t know I could have easily been an architect or electrician. If i had applied myself in school. I passed without trying imagine what I could have done with a little more effort. On the other hand I may not have been in the position I am in where I moved back home and was able to look after my father for 2.5 years. He Died April 7 😦 . Anyway the position I was in is that I have been out of work for 7 years now. I decided I may as well go back home and look after my dad. In retrospect I wouldn’t change a thing.

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