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To the Past or To the Future?
If you where given a chance to go back or forward in time, would you choose going back to the past or going forward to the future?
July 9, 2018, 8:46 am
I'll definitely pick going forward in time to the future because it's exciting and awesome to explore, being in the future I would see new technologies and I can also access all the lottery winning numbers and all the recorded outcome of all sports matches to bring back to my time lol, I can get rich quick.
July 12, 2018, 7:59 am
The popular saying that the future is bright is something that I always look at when we talk of the past and the future. The future is still filled with big ideas and goals of things to achieve and deserves to be explored.
July 12, 2018, 12:59 pm
Well, i also thought of the winning lottery ticket thing. Your right, if we can go to the future and back to the past we would be the riches man alive. And with all the knowledge and information, probably the smartest.
July 14, 2018, 1:30 pm
To the past. It will be a big opportunity for us if it is only possible. Thus, I'll be able to fix the wrong decisions I had before.
Another thing, I want to go back to the times where social media isn't as important as it is right now. Like, we were happy and contented even without internet. People won't worry about what to post on social media just for the show off.
I'd like to go back to the times when people are hanging out together with genuine happiness. Not like today that people are hanging out just for the sake of selfies and instashots. LOL
July 12, 2018, 10:18 am
That's interesting, honestly i forgot about life without internet and how simple life back then. Yeah, i think it would be nice to go back on those years where socializing is getting out and talking to physical persons.
July 13, 2018, 10:16 am
Going back to the past with what you have experience right now would definitely change everything. You'll be more wiser in making decisions because you already know what would happen. But going back to the past without the memory of the present, there's a possibility that you'll make the same mistake again.
July 14, 2018, 10:26 am
That is why I said it will be a big opportunity for us if it is possible, means ofcourse we have the memory of the present.
If that's included in the topic, then I'd rather choose the future. It makes no sense in going back to the past to make everything right, when you know you won't have the memories with you when you go back. Then what are the things to make right when you don't remember anything.
July 14, 2018, 3:36 pm
I think doing that would be some kind of a movie. We should all accept our past and learn from that. We all want to be wiser in our past decisions but we could fixed that in the future. We should live our life and not regret a thing in our life. Everything that happened was a lesson and we are what we are today because of that. Live in the future not in the past.
July 15, 2018, 12:31 am
Making mistakes is part of our life's journey. And there are things that no matter how sure we are today in our decision, in the end we still regret it because as the time is passing by things are also changing. Just like choosing who's going to be our partner in life or starting a business that we thought is the right one for us.
July 15, 2018, 3:32 am
I agree. But the topic is that if we are the given the chance.
So why not grab it to make everything right? Anyway, it's just my opinion, and the topic is nowhere to become possible.
July 18, 2018, 2:17 pm
My life has always been about more ahead. I mean that there is no need for us to focus on the past when we can have amazing future ahead of us. Yeah, there are times that we might wish to go back so as to correct lots of mistakes, but it doesn't mean that this is the way that it should be as life is all about the future amd great things that we can end up achieving.
July 12, 2018, 12:57 pm
A really hard question. It's very deep and requires quite a bit of thought. There are many things I would change in my life now that I know what I know now. For example my chosen career was a total waste of time. I would chose a more generic career like business administration and management. I would make better choices in friends and in romantic relationships. However I choose the future, I've learned enough and I can only do better.
July 12, 2018, 6:11 pm
I would picked future over the past. Past definitely helped us to learn some lessons in life. The lessons we learn is a big part of what we are in the current time. But I still choose the future because you can control it. You cannot control the past because it already happened. You can create your future but you cannot create your past. Future is also a way to change mistakes in the past.
July 13, 2018, 2:18 am
I'd rather go to the future, because I already know what has happened to me despite my supposed mistakes in the past, so going back and trying to change them may only cause a lot of changes for the worse in my current timeline, whereas going to the future can help me make a decision whether to do the things I did or not in the present in order to achieve or prevent the future I saw.
July 13, 2018, 2:48 am
"...so going back and trying to change them may only cause a lot of changes for the worse in my current timeline..."
I'm glad that you came to this realization. It took me quite a while to come to it myself. We always regret the mistakes we make, but the truth is we might actually be worse off if we hadn't made them.
It reminds me of this story, about a king's personal doctor. To make a long story short, any time the doctor mended the king's wounds, the king would ask if it would turn out well, and the doctor always replied, "Good? Bad? Who knows?"
Well one time the king had to have his finger amputated due to an infection, so he sent the doctor to jail for failing his job. The king went out on a hunt, and was captured by savages who wanted to sacrifice him. Seeing he was missing a finger, they let him go because an imperfect sacrifice wouldn't do for their god.
He later went back and thanked the doctor, and the doctor thanked the king for throwing him in jail, because if he went with him on that hunt, the doctor would have been captured and sacrificed.
The point being: losing a finger, getting thrown in jail, both supposedly negative things turned out to be good. "Good? Bad? Who knows?"
July 13, 2018, 5:18 am
Definitely, in fact, you can even argue that even if you had the power to go to the past or the future, both instances can only cause uncertainty because you don't really know for sure if changing something in the present will result to something good or bad in the future.
July 14, 2018, 8:45 am
These things are pretty relative.
You reminded me of the book 11/22/63 Stephen King's masterpiece. It's about Jake, a time traveler who tried to go back in time and stop the assassination of the president John F. Kennedy because he thought by doing this, he will benefit humanity. He succeeds in that. He prevents the president's assassination but, when he returned to the present -expecting to find a perfect world- he found the complete opposite has happened with natural disasters occurring everywhere and nuclear war has destroyed the world. So he goes back to the past and allows the assassination to happen again...
As king said:
Not good to fool with Father Time.
Everything happens for a good reason.
July 14, 2018, 1:18 pm
I've never read the book by Stephen King, but I think it's a trope that has been used time and time again throughout both literature, television, and cinema. I recall watching a lot of cartoons as a kid where the main protagonist would go back in time in order to prevent something bad from happening, only to have it backfire because when they got to the future, everything was much, much worse.
It's good that it's such a common trope, because it teaches people that regretting the past is pointless and that sometimes the mistakes we make have made us better people for them.
July 15, 2018, 5:46 am
I agree,if we will go to our past and try to change anything we might be causing more changes that we don't want. We might end up ruining our lives in the present. Whatever happens in the past must be left alone. Besides our mistakes teaches us lessons so why change it.
July 18, 2018, 12:05 am
I'd rather go to the future. Even though I've committed lots of mistake in the past, I don't want to change anything. All those mistakes honed me to be who I am today. I'd rather take a peek on what will be me in the future. I want to see what will be the fruits of my hardwork today.
July 13, 2018, 4:18 am
If we don't make mistakes, there is no way for us to learn and become a better person. So, personally I don't see my mistakes as something to be too ashamed of because it's not. It's more like a lesson session for me as it helps me acquire knowledge and wisdom on how to be better in life in future. So, I would definitely not want to go back to the past to rid myself of my old mistakes.
July 13, 2018, 7:43 am
Your thoughts are so good. We share same thoughts not change anything in the past cause it teaches us life lessons. We are what we are now because of our past. Whatever struggles or mistakes we have undergone in the past, I will not change it. But there is actually one thing that I wanted to do in the past, it is to see my mother who died in my childhood years. I never had the chance to say that I love her so much. But I think that she already knew that. I just miss her so much that I wanted to see her just one more time.
And taking a peek to the future will be great too. We will be able to see if we succeed in our careers and in life. And we can do much better in our present life to have a much better future.
July 18, 2018, 12:07 am
Do you mean this in the sense of traveling to any time period in history, or traveling along your personal timeline?
If it's any period in history, I'd like to go to the past, particularly around the 1950's. Sure technology and medicine weren't exactly developed yet, but I think it was the sweet spot in history (of course it depends on your location) where everything seemed to be looking up and towards the future, but people weren't yet overdoing things with tech the way they are today. The stories my grandparents tell me really make me wish I was born around that time.
If we're talking about my personal timeline, I honestly wouldn't go to neither the past or future. The present moment is where you can make the best of things.
July 13, 2018, 5:09 am
I'd choose the power to go any direction. Not necessary to go up and down. And that means you have to understand that future is not always going to be good and past is not worth visiting all the time. And that means you build yourself over a period of time. And that means some of the time you have to take the risk and go with the flow. That's what make things a bit better over a period of time. That's my observation so far.
July 13, 2018, 5:50 am
Well, I'm of the opinion that the past should strongly stay in the past without cropping into the future, although the future wouldn't come into existence without the past but I would rather much whatever that happened in the past should stay in the past as I look forward to the future and what it holds in store for me.
July 13, 2018, 7:39 am
To the future for me. I think it would be great to see a glimpse of me and the world in the future. Also it would be nice to see the difference in technology . I just hope that the future is bright when i get there.
July 13, 2018, 10:09 am
No matter how one takes a look at this issue, the future will always be better than the past no matter how good one's past must have been. It's the future and we have the opportunity to improve on our current situation and become better. The only issue would be kicking the bucket before getting the job done and then it would be better to have been in the past. Something that is in front, will always be better than what is at the back.
July 17, 2018, 10:17 am
To the past. I know it is impossible but if we are able to do so,i would choose to go to the past. It will be really nice to go to the past and tell myself (my past me) to not do the wrong things and decisions that I have made. I have a bad experience and it will be great if I can tell my past me what to do and what not to do. But, on the second thought, who I am now, is because of my past. I bacame stronger and better because of my past. I became closer to God because of my past. So why would I go to the past and change eveeything right? And if would choose to go to the future, what if I saw that something really bad will happen to me? I will be living in fear in the present just because of that. So in conclusion, I will not go to both my past and future. I will just focus on my present and live my life.
July 13, 2018, 1:36 pm
If I would have the chance to go in the past I would change two things from my life, one is to continue my studies and the second is to not get married, I would avoid even to meet my wife.
July 13, 2018, 1:39 pm
Past is dead. There is no point in going to the time that is already dead. I always look forward to future. If I had a power to go either to the past or the future, I will choose future. I want to see what will happen in the future. If I can see the future, I can get prepared for the future.
July 13, 2018, 8:56 pm
The future is definitely what I always aim at as that is one of the ways that you can get to remain motivated. I never feel that I should dwell in the past as that is going to rob me of the good things that the future should bring to my way.
July 15, 2018, 4:54 am
I wouldn't categorically label the past as being dead because our present is molded by the past and our present molds our future. So, from how I see it, the past, the present and the future are all interconnected, which means that one can't do without the other. But it's more important to look up to the future than dwelling on the past.
July 17, 2018, 10:21 am
It is true that past, present and the future are interconnected. However, since the OP has given a choice between the past and the future, we can choose only one. When I have to choose between the past and the future, I will always choose future. It is also true that the past is not dead because the past makes the present and the present makes the future. However. I will choose to look forward to the future instead of living in the past.
July 18, 2018, 12:40 am
Oooh, this is a tough question. The past would allow you to pick an era and know what had happened, but going into the future is the complete unknown - and there's a degree of fear that comes with that, I think! I'd probably say past, based on that.
July 14, 2018, 1:52 am
In as much as the future comes with the weight of the unknown, I think that the future will bring better things as long as we work to make it better. The past might have been known, but to keep dwelling in the past is not the best way as long as I am concerned. We should aim to have a greater future!
July 15, 2018, 4:53 am
I'll choose going to past as I wanted to make things clear about my mistakes before. From past years, I am not really confident and I don't love myself. I don't value myself so the responsibilities that I should do for my own self such as discipline ,hardwork and others can't be done since I am kind of lazy before. I want to go back where in the people I trusted before, instead of keeping my secrets they spread it so I want to be more careful. Instead of trusting friends, I just trust only myself. I want go back where in I should have not entertained my ex boyfriend before because it was my greatest regret.
July 14, 2018, 2:31 am
To the past. I want to go back to the past and make friends with well know artists right now but just nothing during their time, just to know exactly what the story behind their arts to solve the mystery, because their arts has different story right now because of some collector who trying to sell the arts.
July 14, 2018, 6:50 am
That's actually a great idea... I would love to have a small talk with Nelson Mandela and Leonardo Da Vince. It would be nice to know their life before and how they manged to be successful on their work.
July 14, 2018, 1:37 pm
Yeah, and also to ask them personally about their inspiration and the story behind their works. Because people nowadays misleading and don't know the truth. The Monalisa has different sides of story just to make it more expensive, I just want to know the funny reaction of da vinci about his simple art.
July 17, 2018, 12:34 pm
Yeah there could be a lighter and funny side about the art. Also i would love to have chat with Leonardo even with a bottle or two.
July 17, 2018, 11:37 pm
Well, it depends on what I can do if I go to the past or to the future.
If I can change things, I would choose to go to the future and change what's going to happen in the next few years, if that's not what I want to happen, lol. I have a very personal issue going on in my life right now and I don't know what's going to happen or how it will evolve in the years to come, and that has kept me awake for days. I am scared of the future.
But if I only get the chance to live in that period, then I'd choose the past. I am a huge fan of history and I am obsessed with ancient times. I would really love to live in ancient Egypt or Greece. Those times were indeed hard but they were charming in a way that I can't describe.
July 14, 2018, 1:07 pm
I hope we can choose both but if not, I might go with the past. There are certain parts of our lives that we hope we could have done better so that what we are or have right now could be different. If we go to the past, there's a possibility that we can be with the people that we lost and spend time with them again. Although changing the past doesn't guarantee that the outcome would be for the better but at least we have removed that "if only" part in our minds. As for the future, I am a bit hesitant to go there since moving too fast to the future might make it hard for people to easily adapt not just in technology but also with situations since we would be skipping parts of our lives to move to the future.
July 15, 2018, 1:59 am
Majority of us would love to go have a change in our lives : going back or peeking in the future would give us better and what we want in life. As for me, I'd love to have either of them and just be a spectator to the scenery cause I know I would be living in the present. This thing is a gift. I may have to change something when in dire situation only. Cause as for me changing something would greatly affect everything which may lead to spiral chances of futures and pasts. I don't wanna ruin that. I would love to see the evolution in our world, in the lives of the generations. This is where you can learn something.
July 15, 2018, 9:38 am
Hmmm.. I would rather go forward than backwards. I mean if we move back to the past we just know what will happen and change it the way we want it to be perfect and that's sad because all we want is to have a great past. In the future it would be challenging and full of surprises. There's nothing else we can do but to move forward than spending time backwards and still move forward again.
July 15, 2018, 1:07 pm
If it's a one way trip then I would choose to go to the future about 300 years ahead. That would really be mind blowing, to be able to live in the future where most diseases would have cures and when technology can transport people to different planets just like today's commercial planes. To experience something like that would be beyond words.
July 15, 2018, 1:41 pm
Past is important because it gives you the lessons you need in your life. It gives you experiences that you needed to improve. Future is important because it is the day you want to correct all your mistakes. Both are important.
July 17, 2018, 10:29 pm