If it were possible to travel in time where would I go? Would I go back in time? Would I explore the world of the future? Would I want to travel at all?
If I were to travel back, I don’t think I would want to visit a time before I existed. I think I would be disappointed.
I like the Hollywood image of days gone by. I like the Olde England of Jane Austin, and I’d rather see my dinosaurs on TV, not face to face.
For I am sure – no, certain that the images that inhabit our minds bear no relation to the sounds, smells and sights of the past. Ours is a clinical view. A cleaned up impression of a time before basic hygiene was invented, and the streets of our cities reeked with the stench of squalor and disease. No, I don’t want to go there.
There are times in my life I would like to revisit. Predictable moments. The birth of my children. Any of my wedding days - with the benefit of foresight!! Holidays, high days, happy days, hip hip hooray days!
It’s interesting to look at the old movies that tried to visualise today. And to read books such as 2001 which got it so wrong, so no, I don’t want to go in to the future.
I want to believe that Mr Spock will be a Vegan – or is it a Vulcan? I don’t want to discover that the green doom-mongerers were right all the time, and there will be no future for mankind. I don’t want to find out whether or not there is a heaven! I don’t want to see tomorrow’s news today thank you very much.
Because today is not so bad. In fact today is pretty good. As far as I am concerned you travel in time at your peril.