Monday, May 08, 2006

The Real Lesson Of Time Travel

You know when you’re watching TV and in whatever TV series you happen to be watching, the characters for some reason go back in time? And when they’re actually in the past, one of them will say something like “Be very careful not to affect anything, as even the slightest change which you make could drastically alter the future”. Come on, you know what I’m talking about, just about every TV series does it. Even the fucking Simpsons has done it. Remember now? Good.

So I was thinking about this the other day, and it occurred to me, why does it only matter what we do in the past? I mean sure, they have future knowledge and whatnot so could intentionally change things, but usually they just step on a bug or save someone’s life to change the future irrevocably. And these things require no knowledge of the future at all. This basically means, what these sci-fi writers are trying to drum into us is that we do make a difference. That every action that each individual takes is in fact vital to the universe, and so we should all get out there and take action as our actions count.

Nice thought isn’t it. Makes sense too. It even makes sense that the sci-fi writers would want to tell us this message, as I assume that they are mainly nerds so spend most of their time indoors with delusions of grandeur.

The thing is though, that I thought it through a bit more, and if you think about it, every episode in every show in which they travel back in time, when they do return to the future it has never changed. I mean sometimes it has until they go back and fix it, but all those bugs they’ve squished and tea they’ve drunk and lasers they’ve fired and whatnot haven’t affected anything. So real the lesson we should learn from these shows is that nothing we do affects anything. We could blow up the white house, exterminate a species or give all our enemies the plague. And the future wouldn’t change.

So all our actions are pointless. That sounds more like the message sci-fi writers would want to give us. There is a bitterness inherent with being a geek with too much power. All that knowledge and bullying mixed together isn’t a good thing.

So basically what I’m saying is this weeks lesson is that you can do what you want, as ultimately there are no repercussions.



Blogger zandperl said...

It even makes sense that the sci-fi writers would want to tell us this message, as I assume that they are mainly nerds so spend most of their time indoors with delusions of grandeur.

Most script writers don't have any more science background than they get in high school. There are scientist consultants hired for their expertise. Most of these cringe at the ideas of the writers. :-P

10:48 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

i didn't say that they were scientists, only that they were trying to tell us something

12:13 AM  
Blogger GJR Stevenson said...

Now I'm not sure whether to sit perfectly still for the rest of my life, or go out and kill every bug I see? Did reading this Blog just change the future of the universe? Oh crap, did writing this response just change it again? What have I done, I've destroyed humanity and now there is no turning back!!!!


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5:59 PM  
Anonymous Sweet 20 said...

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6:49 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

screw history!

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, from what I can remember, the universe is completely balanced (not always in an obvious way though). So you can sit on yer butt and do nothing and it don't matter, or you can go out and make all manner of choices and it too could never matter. At the same time both doing nothing or anything you want matters to the n'th degree. So at the end of all the all we can say is, we don't know shit all about anything ;-)

5:41 PM  

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