I've been working on all sorts of things this past week. So sorry, that I haven't written. I did catch up with all of my comment replies, but still haven't figured out why they are being spread out all over the place. It is clear by the actual messages that they were not written for the blog entry that they were posted on. It is an odd puzzle. But that aside, please keep writing them, I read each and every one of them and I do try to respond to every single one. Although I admit, I have tried to respond to several and the system will not allow me to do so. Also, if you ask me to take a look at your blog, please provide me with a valid address. All I am getting is home pages for your business and no further direction on how to get to your blog.
The idea of time travel has surfaced yet again and it is on my mind. Sometimes in contests, like the Miss America contest, the contestants are asked, "If you could meet anyone, in all of time, who would it be and what would you say?" Have any of you ever really thought about this? I have. My answer, Joan of Arc and I would ask her to just let me hang out with her. This was a woman that had unwavering faith. Now, I'm not saying that no-body else ever has had this unwavering faith. There are probably thousands or more that I will never know about... aside from the obvious Jesus Christ. But, this is a woman that for some reason I feel that I can relate to. Not that our circumstances are anything alike.
She did not come from an overly religious family. In fact her father was very against what she stood for. But, still she had this vision. Why did God choose her? It was obviously because he knew that she would respond. Still, she was a child. To say that she was plucky would be an understatement. She went from nothing, literally to commander of the French army in a matter of less than a year.
Now, even if God did not exist, the sheer commitment of this woman would be admirable. Maybe she was nuts, but maybe she wasn't. There simply isn't another figure in all of history that fascinates me more than Joan of Arc. And if God is real... well let's just say that I wouldn't want to be the man or men that raped the woman in prison. I'm certain that a whole new kind of torture would be invented for them. It would be like the men that beat Jesus before he made it to the Cross.
Another question involved in time travel is this, if you could go anywhere in time, where would you go? You see, that is a much harder question for me. Do I go and watch the building of the Pyramids, do I get an up close look at a Dinosaur, how about a visit with Alexander the Great, or maybe Genghis Kahn, or maybe I should go forward in time and see which planet or moon, that we decide to colonize. There are so many possibilities. But, along with this question comes the inevitable question of, would you change things? The big question here in the US is, if you had a chance to kill Hitler before he became Dictator, would you? It would save millions of lives... or would it?
We tend to think in linear terms, but an act such as killing Hitler, or any person that so dramatically shaped history would have consequences that simply cannot be measured. Sure it would save millions, and millions more would be born that never were... and millions more beyond that. The domino effect is incalculable. I'm not saying that those that died deserved to die, or even that they were meant to die, only that they did die. History has been written around that fact. If history were to change by only one person, we have no idea how that one person did, can or will effect the entire time line.
I think about this all the time. My life in the big scheme of things is not all that important. But, I know or must believe, that I have done something that changed or affected history. Maybe somewhere down the road, generations away, the descendant of someone that I saved from drowning changes the course of human history in a dramatic way. Maybe, someone did the same for an ancestor of Hitler, or Joan of Arc. The point is... we don't know how our lives, the very existence of us, of me, of you, changes human history, so how can any of us arbitrarily want to change anything? Any little item of our lives, no matter how regrettable it is, was there, it was done, it is history and it made us who we are and hence formed our bit of history around us. It's called the butterfly effect. But, most people think of it in terms of huge figures in our past. We forget that those people had ancestors and some of them had descendants. All of those lives and the events that shaped those people changed the world. Even if no-one ever knows their name.
We are all world shakers and movers. We all change the world in which we live and human history would not be the same without any of us. Remember that the next time that you're feeling down.
Live well and be good to each other.