Can Time Travelers Go Back To Fix This Mess?
By James Donahue
One reason the Matrix film series was so popular is because
it suggests that we live in a make-believe world where events can be altered by master game players at the push of a button.
As humanity rushes headlong into the threat of extinction
because of over-population, reckless environmental policies and consequently a polluted, dying and over-heating planet, we
seem incapable of fixing our desperate condition.
Not only can we not fix it, we seem incapable of agreeing
that it even exists.
As an old science fiction buff, I have been unable to avoid
entertaining the thought that perhaps time travel is possible, and that somehow, at the last moment, we might discover a way
to send someone back into the past who can do something to alter current events and save the day.
But if it were possible, just where would we send this time
traveler, and just what mission could he or she have that would make such an impact on today’s hopeless world?
Might Henry Ford be encouraged to develop cars operating on alternative forms of energy? Might Thomas Edison be persuaded
to listen to the voice of the late Nikola Tesla and choose a cleaner way of generating power for mankind? Perhaps we could
have persuaded Saul of Tarsus not to make that historic trip down the road to Damascus where he allegedly had
his encounter with Jesus and consequently launched the religious movement that became The Roman Catholic Church.
Now a report by physicists Daniel Greenberger of the City
University of New York, and Karl Syozil of the Vienna University of Technology in Austria, suggests that the laws of quantum
physics seem to permit time travel, but prohibit the paradoxical problem of altering the present because of the things we
might do in the past.
The theory they present is complex, but it suggests that
quantum objects split their existence into multiple component waves, each following a distinct path through space-time. They
believe that even if a person were to travel back to the past, they would unlikely be in places where they might interfere
destructively with an event and change the present.
While it may be good news among sci-fi buffs who worry about
the paradox of going back in time and destroying themselves by accidentally killing their grandfathers, it also suggests that
nothing we do can alter the course we have chosen for mankind in general, even if we succeed in going backward in time.
Some believe that time is a relative only a creation by the human
mind as a way of putting events in perspective. Outside of our three-dimensional existence, however, entities that exist in
a spirit universe around us appear to live outside the boundaries of space and time. If this is true, they can see our future
as well as our past because they exist in all places at the same time.
Supposing a way could be found to send a few humans back
in time and we could successfully get a team of genetic researchers as far back as the dawn of human civilization. Suppose
they could implant contemporary human DNA in the unborn children of humanoids existing at that time. From these children might
spring Homo sapiens, with all of the genetic memory of what went wrong this time around. Might we hope they get it right on
the second try?
The question nags, however. Is humanity so flawed that because
we have been given free will by the creator, we are bound to fail? In spite of all we might do, would it be impossible for us to change the level of mass insanity
going on today?