I got bored at work again and started thinking about the book that I'm reading at the moment (The American West by Dee Brown) It got me thinking about how much I would like to have experienced being one of the first settlers and building my own community and witnessing the experiences they must have had. I asked my mates at work where and when in history they would have liked to experience an they ranged from being a Viking, Experiencing the Zulu wars, Henry VIII era, Egyption times and the swinging 50's.
So if you could travel back in time and experience or even just witness an event, where would you go?
Hmm kind of depends.. are we in a time machine, or are we living in that time as one from that time with no experience of the future.
If in a time machine I would back and talk with Buddha, or perhaps check out pre-historic times among the cave people. Watching the majestic beasts that used to roam North America, the Giant Beaver.. or perhaps the a herd of camels.
If living in a time, I would want to live in a Native American tribe, the Oneida or one such tribe.
Though I think it is yoo easy for us to romanticize the times, or any ancient time. The times were brutal, waring nations, famines often. True still to this day, but there were no "human rights". When you village is attacked not only are the warriors killed but the women, the children, the elders... yes.. hmm that is still true today as well..
Unfortunately human nature has not changed much over the centuries. Wars, crime & bad behavior are usually motivated by wealth, sex, power. Even today, the Darfur region in Sudan is experiencing mass rape, torture and genocide. Sadly, this is not the only part of Africa that has suffered wholesale human rights atrocities over the last few years.
Now to answer your time machine query. Anyone who has read history knows that most of life on this planet has been short & difficult. If the time machine can go backwards, then it can go forward. I would like to go forward in time a 1,000 years and see what develops for humans on planet Earth.
i'd like to go back and chat with leanardo d'vincci
see what made such a man like him tick and his inspirations for his visions of the future
Back in the middle age.
I would travel the wolrd walking,a new adventure everyday,a new place,a new mystery...Sometimes with a horse,living by the sword,never know what tomorrow will be...
In this glorious times when you could talk about a place people have never heard about before,when you could be the first one to do something,to discover something,when you could be a hero,a legend.
And finally of course save a princess from somewhere...
Off the top of my head, I'd say I'd want to go back so I could be in my early 20s during Beatlemania. Predictable answer, I know, but just to be there when music was going through such incredible, revolutionary changes... I wouldn't want to bump into my parents, though. That would be an odd Back-to-the-Future moment...
back to the mid ninties and change a few decisions that i made..
I would like to go the ancient times,because I like history of ancient civilizations and I like very much mythologys.I would like to meet with Buddha,because I'm intresting in buddhism (but only as a kind of philosophy).And I think that it would be a very nice trip to the middle ages...
Oh lm with Raven definately back to early nineties and do things differently! Otherwise lm quite interested in Tudor times so to hang out with Henry VIII or Elizabeth I would be pretty cool as long as l wasnt locked up in Tower of London!!
I've often wondered if I'd be burnt as a witch if I went back to the wrong time....