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Rob Clark

Sound Designer, Freelance / Self-employed -Media/Entertaiment

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Where would you go if you had one chance to move through time?

My question is simple. Where (or more importantly when) would you like to go if you had one chance to move through time, past or future?

Lets say hypothetically the rules are, if you do anything, it might provoke future implications e.g killing Hitler would solve World War II. Also, on a more important note, if you kill someone it might affect your existence e.g if you (for some weird reason) kill your grandfather, you would cease to exist. This meaning you CAN interact with the world around you.

For arguments sake, stepping on a butterfly won't change the entire course of civilization and meeting yourself won't result in the end of the world or yourself exploding etc.

Any way, where and when would you go if you had the opportunity?

I for instance (taking this from Back to the Future 2) would like to tell a past self to bet big on a race and win loads of cash if I were feeling pretty selfish!

Realistically, I don't know really know where or when I would like to go, so I am asking you lot to give me inspiration as I know you will!

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    Jul 8 2012: I have moved through time because of a NDE/OBE (near death experience). At the moment, I prefer NOW HERE...or is it NOWHERE?
    • Jul 9 2012: Very thought provoking.

      The very idea of not moving at all is a great one. After all, whats so wrong with our lives that we have to leave the dimensions of our own?
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        Jul 9 2012: I agree Rob, that the thought of not moving is interesting. I love this earth life experience, and when it is time to move on, that is what I will do. I love being in the moment...here....and now:>) It seems that people wanting to be in a place or time other than the present is the challenge behind discomfort, anxiety, depression and anger in our world. What do you think?

        Hers's another thought...can you imagine that we are moving to other dimensions AND here now?
        • Jul 9 2012: I agree to an extent, yes. A big contributor for people leaving this time is like people leaving their own country to live elsewhere (somewhere hotter), to leave the world full of their troubles concerning money, troubled family life, much like you were saying about anxiety, depression and anger. But we can't forget our human nature to explore, discover and fulfill our urge of curiosity. All these I know I suffer from greatly. Not necessarily a bad thing, after all, our modern civilization has been built on these desires.

          I'm not sure what you mean by moving to other dimensions and being in the present... do you mean that our lives moving through one dimension and then once we pass, moving into the next?
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        Jul 10 2012: Hi Rob,
        I agree that as humans, we often have a desire to explore, discover and are very curious. I believe curiosity to be a GREAT motivator for change and movement, and it's also enjoyable to view the world through curious eyes, heart and mind:>)

        That reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
        "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes..."
        (Marcel Proust)

        With that in mind, there is an opportunity in each and every moment, wherever we are, to explore, follow our curiosity and discover:>)

        Perhaps intent is an important factor to keep in mind when we are considering exploration of the place we are in, or another place? If we want to go to a new place because we are unhappy where we are, it might help to consider why we are unhappy, because wherever we go, there we are...with our "self". So, if we are going someplace else, it would be good to repack our "baggage" before we leave?

        You noted in another comment that lots of folks want to go to the end...NOW. For me, happiness/contentment is a way of travel, not a destination. So, I enjoy the journey...here....now.
        Nothing about our choice is good/bad...right/wrong...better/worse...etc. Our intent, however, could change our perception of any journey.

        Re: moving to other dimensions:
        Yes...we could be moving through one dimension, then passing into another dimension. I also suspect that we may have the ability to travel through several dimensions at the same time. Time is a human construct, so this concept may be difficult to understand. In other dimensions "out there", time may not be a limitation.
        • Jul 11 2012: It might be a case also that people don't want to leave somewhere to get away from something or because they are unhappy, but perhaps move toward another thing. Maybe even enhance the world that they live in now, which is why I think people would move back in time to get rid of Hitler or another, to make the world they live in a better place today.

          But that is not to say that someone else would not take his place. Which is why I agree with you wholly that not moving at all would be ideal, because who knows what might unfold if we alter ANYTHING in another life?

          I also agree that emotions can take us places that time could simply not comprehend. Sure moving back or forward in different dimensions could help us realize dreams that could make us very happy indeed, but is the point of life not to make our lives here and now as great as possible?

          I understand what you mean about time being a human construct, but reading back into your discussion with Stewart also he is also correct. While there is a time/space which humans ourselves cannot alter because that is the fabric of reality, our perception of time is based around our lives i.e seconds, hours are how we decided to measure the world. So essentially, without the world, our perception of time would be immensely different if we lived on Mars or something. But it is still a linear function and does not change.

          I find the best way to describe what you mean about what I make out to be your definition of time being a human construct is when we are dreaming. We can nap for say half an hour, but our minds when we dream, take us to dimensions and plains of reality which become entirely our own and can last for however long we want. (Until the alarm goes off!)
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        Jul 12 2012: Hi again Rob,
        So, are you discovering that there are as many answers to your question as there are people in our world??? LOL

        Yeah...sometimes, we may think we can alter something in the past and make it better, but who knows? Conditions that we think/feel may improve the situation may, in fact have the opposite effect!

        Yes...I agree...the point in living this life experience is to make our lives here and now as great as possible....in my humble experience/perception:>)

        We use time as a way to organize ourselves in the human experience. You say..."without the world, our perception of time would be immensely different...". Could it be that without the limitation of time, our world would be very different? Just an idea:>)

        I agree with your perception of the dream state. I have not worn a watch for about 25 years. I eat when hungry, sleep when tired, and sometimes get lost in time and space when working/playing on a project. Thankfully, I was self employed for most of my adult life, and retired now, so I had/have a certain amount of freedom regarding time, and never had to punch a time clock, which I realize some people need to do.

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