Friday, February 19, 2016

Incessant Divagation

by Rick Jones, Husband of the Minister's Wife

Time travel isn't just the stuff of science fiction. With today's scientific theories making the universe seem much more complicated than we used to think, many scientists are taking the concept of time travel seriously. The latest “consensus” is that energy, but not matter, could be transmitted through time. This would suggest that you could somehow send your younger self the names of the winners in the next five Superbowls or presidential races, and you could bet on these sure things and make a fortune . . . unfortunately, it's also generally agreed that time travel is possible only into the future, not the past. Which means you could do nothing more exciting than send yourself reminders that your library books are due.

The good news is that so much “science” these days is pure speculation, subject to drastic change. When I went to high school, we were taught that mankind first appeared just under 1 million years ago and the brontosaurus lived in swamps because their legs could not support their massive bodies. By the time I finished college, mankind's beginning was pushed back to 1.3 million year ago and the brontosaurus could stand on its hind legs. Today, our alleged ancestors are said to be about 2 million years old, and we are told that many dinosaurs had feathers. And each time, we were taught that science had spoken definitively and should not be questioned. So don't rule out physical time travel.

In a sense, you know thousands of time travellers. In fact, you are one! Here's why:

Think back to yesterday at about this same time. Since then, you have travelled one full day into the future. The only reason it doesn't seem remarkable to you is that it took approximately 24 hours to do it. Travelling into the future is so easy, even an infant can do it! Of course, in a couple of years he wouldn't be an infant any more.

But what about travel to the past? Is there any evidence that anyone has travelled to our time from the future?

Let's make the following suppositions: [1] Time travel is a complicated and expensive endeavor; [2] people from the future wold know much about us, but not all the minor details; [3] Greed is a constant factor in human history, and [4] The erosion of common decency is an observable social trend. So if beings from the future are here today, we should expect to see people who spout crude nonsense and speak only in uninformed generalities, but use their greed-inspired knowledge of contemporary financial trends to become wealthy and influential in spite of their bizarre behavior.

Hmm . . . Maybe time travellers are among us. Uninformed, wealthy, crude, speaking in bizarre generalities . . . It sounds like I've identified Donald Trump!

The Donald: visitor from another time. That could explain so much. Including the hair style.

Maybe we ought to be examining his birth certificate. Not for where he was born,but when. His legal age might make him too young to be president!

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