Can Time Travelers
Go Back To Fix This Mess?
By James Donahue
One reason the Matrix
film series is 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 one thing 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
encountered an angel and consequently launched the religious movement that became Christianity.
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.
Suppose, however, that
time is a relative creation of the human mind which is our way of putting events in perspective. Outside of our three-dimensional
existence, however, entities that exist in a spirit universe around us live outside the boundaries of space and time. Thus
they can see our future as well as our past because they exist in all places at the same time.
Taking this one step
farther, can we perceive of ourselves as the creation of our own universe, or perhaps a living portion of the creator, which
is, like all living beings beyond our three-dimensional existence.
Are we not, then, capable
of fixing our dilemma by mere thought? Have we not been duped into creating an end-of-the-world scenario because of perverted
religious belief systems? And is the solution to this crisis no more complex than the collective will of a certain number
argue that humans living today lack the mental and technical ability to stop the ecological train wreck we are bringing
upon ourselves. If we refuse to seek, or are incapable of finding a solution for fixing our planet in its current state, can
we then send a remnant of our numbers back into history to start the process over?
this can be achieved, will this new generation choose a different path and avoid the pitfalls that are falling on our heads
today? And if it is possible now . . . if the story of Noah was, indeed, a twisted
version of a remnant of humanity escaping a similar dilemma via a time machine . . . will we fall into the same traps?
nagging question comes to mind: If we did it before, did the process occur even before Noah? Are we not caught in an endless
repetitive drama that keeps us forever struggling, like people caught in a circling door?
not doomed to remain in this hellish existence, enduring the pain and suffering created by the religiously controlled society
in which we live, forever repeating our journey until we eventually find the right path?