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Morbane's Time Travel Theory
SSar's Beast
morbane
Well, don't get too excited, because normally I bristle at the thought of travel back and forth in time, suspecting that at some level it would mean that our futures are predetermined... an idea I hate.

But like almost all people, sometimes I wish I could have an hour back, or a week back, or a year back, to live again. That was the way my thoughts were running one morning in May this year...


'Gah. I messed up a lot of last year. I wish I could skip back a year in time and get another chance...'
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'I wonder what that would be like. I wonder what it would be like to have the extra memories.'
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'Hm...'
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'Well, it's pretty useless to imagine that... hm, here's another idea. What if I've just come back in time from May 2004, and although I don't remember anything, that's why I'm thinking of time travel as I lie in bed this morning?'
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'Actually, that's a cool thought. Say I accept this as a theory: So, it means I'll mess up badly enough in the future to really want a second chance, but that ALSO means that what's going to happen is something I can improve.'
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'It means that something's going to happen that will be important, with disastrous enough possible consequences for me to need to have gone back in time to avert them. So I can look forward to a chance to prove myself.'
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'This means that I could save relationships that, in another future, maybe in the one I've returned from, I would threaten and destroy. I need to take that seriously.'
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'Hey... if I've travelled back from a year into the future, then I obviously have to have lived into that future. So it's not certain, but it looks like I've been given a strong indicator - not a guarantee, but an indicator - that I at least have one year of life in front of me. I'm impressed... No one has that.'
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'Hey, wow... If my future self has sent herself back/ will send herself back in time, back to herself-of-a-year-ago, you know what that means? That she trusts her previous self to do better. That she has confidence in her future self. That she doesn't hate me. Wow... I've been given a message of hope, love, and confidence from my future self.'
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'I love this theory. This idea rocks. I'm going to pretend it's true to myself and follow it up.'



Think about it.

I haven't thought about it a huge amount since, but it still fascinates me. (Partly in an egocentric way, because it's my idea.) But I still find this useful. Hm...

What if?

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You lost me. Don't worry. I'll read it over and try to understand... but I think that if we could travel in time we would've figured it out by now. It is like monsters. We have been waiting for it for so long all hope of finding a real one has kind of disappeared and they are just legends now.
-Dagmarsian

I believe in the power to travel in time...watch Donnie Darko it explores the time travel theory in a weird way. Carmen: We didn't discover how to harness light for ages but a way existed.

Yes. Watch "Donnie Darko". I'll loan you my copy, if you'd like? God. I. Love. That. Film. And there's not many films I love. But everytime I watch it I find new things...

As for your theory (I think we've talked about it before?). I think it's suitably robust against my cynicism. Screw the 'live each day as if it were your last' stuff. Let's 'live each day as though we've already messed it up somewhat, and have come back in time to rectify matters'. Or, if we want to (heaven forbid) be optimistic about things 'This was so great the first time round I've come back to live it again, and possibly improve on things even more'.

Will my terrapin want a dabbling pool? Heck, I'd like a dabbling pool, so my terrapin must, certainly. So the real query here is, can I fit a dabbling pool for my terrapin into my closet without my parents noticing?

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