I have been considering writing a post on Time Travel. Recently, I read several articles about significant historical events that occurred: ex: fifty years ago, twenty-five years ago or on this date in history. Also, last year I was inundated by notices of my fiftieth high school reunion and I often get notices from a military group about upcoming reunion meetings. Not to mention that I read Stephen King’s 1963, and Time Traveler’s Wife last year and have just finished Time Travelers Never Die. My mind has been fixated on Time lately.
I printed Google images from 1963 for ideas; images of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, the Beatles, Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement dominate the group. What do I remember directly about those events and people? Some fuzzy memories come to mind, but mostly I remember details that I read well after the event. Clearly my mind was on other things of fleeting importance when I was nineteen. Getting out of high school, starting college and gaining a sense of independence dominated my 1963 thought processes, not the history being made at the time. In 1964 I met my future wife and joined the army. Army life put my life on hold for three years; after my service was completed I concentrated on starting married life and returning to college. The worldly events of the remaining years of the sixties left very little active memories with me. I lived in a historical decade without clear recollections of those times.
In Time Travelers Never Die the protagonists visit numerous times and people with historical and scientific importance as the story progress. They make lists of times and people they want to visit and search for a missing fellow time traveler, who also had interests in specific events and desires to meet important people.
|Current day mural of past event|
It would be interesting to go back in time and watch, and learn from the past. Understanding the causes and motivations would be far more enlightening than reading about it now. In King’s, 1963, the protagonists want to change history, to stop the assassination. You can read the story to find out what happened without me spoiling it. I’ll leave thoughts about changing history to others and wander into a different direction (time-wise).
In September of 2012 I wrote about a feature of my Time Machine, the OOPS Eliminator. Version 2 is next with the PAUSE button. Imagine instead of going back and fixing something you have the opportunity to PAUSE. Stop and reflect and then act. Give yourself a few minutes, a day or even several weeks to figure out the problem. Don’t worry about fixing errors; get it right the first time. Remove the stress of rushing from your life.
How would you like an extra hour or day to complete a project? How would you like to take a break from some task (cleaning the house, the garage, writing a blog or doing your taxes) to have a cup of coffee or go for a walk without a worry about a looming deadline?
It seems that I have hit the PAUSE button on this blog too long. What I really need is REVERSE switch so I can complete this blog and post it two weeks ago. Would be nice. See you next time.
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