My brilliant brother pondered this thought the other day:
If you had a time machine, where would you travel first? Assuming that you are universally invincible.
He suggested several more or less obvious choices for consideration.
- Witnessing the Big Bang.
- Seeing the asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs.
- Witnessing the Exodus of Jews.
- Following Jesus to see what really happened there.
- Forget the past, I’d go to the year 2020 to see who wins the World Series and place a bet accordingly.
He is torn between the dinosaurs and the World Series.
I pointed out that a much simpler approach to the last item on his list would be traveling back in time just a few days and buying yourself a ticket with a winning combination in the latest lottery drawing. Of course, if you also assume that everyone in the world now has access to time travel, that plan is rendered useless; but then, every such scheme would be unworkable, – I certainly cannot imagine how any betting could be possible when both the bookies and the general public have an unfettered access to future outcomes.
Leaving getting fabulously rich aside, of the choices that Konstantin suggests, I surprisingly find an opportunity of being a witness to the exploits of Christ having the greatest pull on me. Those events continue to have a disproportional effect on modern society; there is more than an idle observational interest associated with an investigation of the veracity of the claims made by the Four Evangelists.
Beyond that, I would love to experience any number of different ancient civilizations at the height of their powers. Going into the future, conversely, does not hold that much appeal to me, I don’t exactly know why.
Anybody has better ideas?