Melwicker (melwicker) wrote,

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Time Travel: Should We Put Right What Once Went Wrong?

If Time Travel was possible, what are the reasons for NOT changing the past to avert tragedies that "already happened" essence, wiping out those tragedies from the timeline? One possible reason is that some tragedies that happen in the past are "warning signs" that point out what is wrong in the present time and what needs to be changed in the future. Basically, the adage "remembering the past in order not to repeat it" couldn't apply if what happened IN the past WAS averted by time travel, temporal and causal paradoxes notwithstanding.

Tragedy Example 1: Celebrity drug deaths.  Michael Jackson died of an overdose of Propofol. If he didn't die that way, either we wouldn't be as aware of Propofol abuse as we are now, or some other famous person would have died in the same way. Erasing that tragedy from the timeline could have just postponed Jackson's untimely death since he already was an addict. Jackson's death also helped alert us to the tendency of some doctors to be enablers in their patients' addiction, contrary to the Hippocratic oath.

Tragedy Example 2: Plane Crashes. The fatal plane crashes caused by malfunctions alert us to existing problems in plane design and help future engineers solve these problems.

Tags: history, lessons in history, time travel
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