- Why did everyone start to hate the Russians if the U.S. did the same thing in Afghanistan, Iraq?
- What needs to be corrected in the management of Russia first?
- Why did Blaise Pascal become a religious man at the end of his life?
- How do I know if a guy likes you?
- When they say "one generation", how many do they mean?
In 1993, I would have persuaded my parents not to change dollars. Well, I would give myself a slap on the back of the head for the stupid idea of choosing honey instead of programming.
After that, with a clear conscience, she would disappear from reality, and the world would continue in some completely different way.
An excerpt from the short story” The Choice ” by A. Bester answers your question:
A slow-motion man entered the room. He was now fully clothed and moving at a normal speed. He and the girl looked at each other, laughed, kissed, and walked away with their arms around each other.
“Yes,” Jelling said. — It turns out that life is the sum of amenities. It would seem that this is a water supply system compared to the ancient Greek philosophers. But then you get tired of bumping into great sages and listening to them talk about things you know. You start to miss the amenities and customs that you didn't notice before.
“It's a superficial approach,” Adier said.
“Is that so?” And try to live by candlelight, without central heating, without a refrigerator, without the simplest medicines. Or vice versa, live in the future, at its colossal pace.
“You're exaggerating,” Adier said. — I bet there are times when I could be happy. “…
“Ha!” snorted Jelling. “A great delusion. Name such a time.
“The American Revolution.
“Uh-uh!” No sanitation. No medicine at all. Cholera in Philadelphia, malaria in New York. There is no pain relief. The death penalty for hundreds of minor misdemeanors and violations. Not a single favorite book or tune.
“The Victorian era.
— Are your teeth and eyesight all right?” We won't send you any points. How do you feel about class differences? What is your religion? God forbid you belong to the minority. What are your political views? If you are considered a reactionary today, the same beliefs will make you a dangerous radical in a hundred years. You are unlikely to be happy.
— I'll be safe.”
— Only if you're rich, and we can't send you any money.” No, Adier, the poor died at an average age of forty in those days … tired, exhausted. Only the privileged survived, and you will not be one of them.
“With my knowledge?”
— Well, here we are. What knowledge? Vague ideas about science? Don't be a fool, Adier. You enjoy the fruits of it without knowing the essence of it at all.
— I could prepare myself and invent … a radio, for example. I would make a fortune on a single radio.
“You can't invent a radio until you've made hundreds of related discoveries. You will have to create a whole world. You need to invent and learn how to make vacuum diodes, local oscillator circuits, and so on. You will have to first get an electric current, build power plants, provide current transmission, get alternating current… You… but why continue? Everything is obvious. Will you be able to invent an internal combustion engine when there is still no idea of oil refining?
“Oh, my God! Adier groaned. — I never thought so… And the books? I might remember…
“So what?” Get ahead of the author? But you will also be ahead of the audience. A book will not be great until the reader is ready to understand it. It will not become profitable if it is not bought.
— What if we go to the future?”
— I told you. Same problems, just the other way around. Could ancient man have survived in the twentieth century? Stay alive by crossing the street? Drive a car? Speak a different language? Think in this language? Adapt to the pace and ideas? Never. Can you adapt to the thirtieth century? Never.
To begin with, you can't change the past. This can lead to unpredictable and irremediable consequences, and who knows how the course of history would turn. But where it will go is still something to think about. On the one hand, the past is already known (although there are still many mysteries left, but the overall picture is clear) and it would be more interesting to go to the future, find out how everything is going on there, see what needs to be corrected now in order to prevent any mistakes in the future (this is if you do not believe in fate, but if the course of history But on the other hand, for me personally, the past is more interesting to me and there at least we know what awaits you. So yes, I would go back in time. I don't know where exactly yet.
I would not change anything, because history is what it is and should remain so. But I would love to visit all the significant moments of history as a spectator-almost like in Harry Garrison's novel ” The Fantastic Saga “(only they didn't just watch it, but also documented it). Starting with dinosaurs and ending with the period of my parents ' youth, having skipped through all the most significant events in world history (of course, I would have to make a list and dates of them in advance so as not to forget anything. I think I'd be stuck in the Renaissance for a particularly long time)
It all depends on the consequences of such movements, namely, whether they will affect your own reality.�
If there are , I would go back in time within one day and to places that are very far from my current location in order to warn people of an impending disaster. Any other moves would still lead to too unpredictable consequences.
If the universe, when moving in time, is stratified into separate alternative realities that do not affect my current one, I would like to visit many places and epochs. Of course – to get to Jerusalem 2016 years ago and see with our own eyes what happened there that we still can't figure out. I would visit great battlefields like Thermopylae, watch the conquests of Alexander the Great, the Punic wars, and Scipio Africanus ' Battle with the Barge at Carthage, listen to Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato, visit Pompeii on their last day, observe the Roman legions in the provinces of the Empire, as well as the inhabitants of Lacedaemon, walk around Rome at dawn, and attend the games in the Colosseum. In general, the list could be continued for quite a long time… What I would change in this case – I'm not sure that it's worth it, because in my reality, nothing would have changed.