Sorry, Kids. We Ate It All.
My apologies to my readers who have followed this blog; I have gone far too long between essays. My only defense is that I do not write for writing’s sake but rather when I cannot not write. I write when inspired to do so and after the essay has already taken shape within my mind and only needs to be put on paper. Since my last essay, I have had several topics which warranted comment, but none were crystallized enough to comprise a full-length essay. I hope that today’s essay will break the previous logjam.
Taken within the context of time travel and the posts of John Titor (among others), an interesting article was written and published a few days ago by the columnist Thomas Friedman. His article, titled “Sorry Kids, We Ate It All” highlights the implications of long term national debt and reminded me of an interesting comment that Titor made in 2000 regarding his own generation’s opinion of our “current” state of affairs. Specifically, he said:
Perhaps I should let you all in on a little secret. No one likes you in the future. This time period is looked at as being full of lazy, self-centered, civically ignorant sheep. Perhaps you should be less concerned about me and more concerned about that.
-John Titor, November 21, 2000
Titor’s comment above is interesting for a variety of reasons, some of which I already commented upon in other essays. And please bear in mind that I no longer write to persuade anyone that Titor was a real time traveler; that argument was already made in Conviction of a Time Traveler. So, when I read comments such as these by Titor and others, I do so with the already-firm understanding that he is speaking from actual experience or in furtherance of a goal rather than merely fostering some overly elaborate and logic-defying hoax.
Generally speaking, many times when difficult or controversial decisions must be made by our national leaders, we often hear the refrain that only later will we know the true consequence of our actions. You’ll often hear some commenter say, “When historians in the future write about this, they will say…”
But for the times we are living in now, we don’t have to wait for our posterity to comment; our posterity came to us and actually told us himself. And, if you’ll notice in Titor’s comment above, he doesn’t blame the Democrats, he doesn’t blame the Republicans, nor does he blame the Tea Party. He lays the blame squarely at the people’s feet. I have also seen this new realization commented upon elsewhere: that the fault lies with ourselves for allowing our leaders to set the stage spanning decades for just such a demise through our own apathy or denial that poor decisions render predictable results.
In the below article, we see a general realization that a nation’s debt doesn’t affect only the current generation, but its affects stretch to many later generations. It effectively forces our progeny to pay on a debt that they didn’t have the opportunity to vote on nor received any benefit from. Referring to the Titor question and supported by evidence, I no longer believe our friend, John was from 2036. No, he was likely from much farther away than a mere 60 years. With that theory in mind, one must wonder at just how far our current decisions reach considering his opinion of the people of 2000 AD. 100 years? 200 years? Farther?
But how did we get here? If we were to ask a time traveler, and if he were to answer us truthfully, his answer would probably encompass a much larger perspective than we have access to. Because of this, his answer would also be much more complicated than we might imagine. It is the height of simplicity to blame one single event or person in our history for our current state of affairs. Adolph Hitler was not the sole cause of World War 2. To engage in this simple-minded rendering of history is naïve in the extreme and is an example of the simplicity served only by a poorly written Hollywood movie script tightly resolved in 90 minutes. Could you honestly believe World War 2 could be averted by merely assassinating Adolph Hitler in the crib? Is our imagination for time travel’s use limited to assassinations of history’s identified bad guys?
No, our current situation and how we got here is likely much more complicated, by a huge margin. But how can we move away from where we are to a “better” world?
Imagine trying to explain our current situation to someone 30 years ago when times were (subjectively) “good?” We/They would dismiss the time traveler’s warnings outright calling it impossible! Our/their egos wouldn’t allow for an idea at such variance at what we thought could be possible. The militarization of our police departments and the idea that the US Park Service being used as a de facto police force would be unthinkable, but it happened just the same.
Only now, as power structures rally to maintain their position and impose their will, is a vague realization of the truth beginning to take root. But what truth? What underlying reality is beginning to bubble up?
That you are not free and never were.
Imagine the time traveler’s dilemma: You cannot tell a truth that the ego will not accept just as you cannot free a slave who believes he is already free. Instead, you must demonstrate to him that he was born into slavery, he has always ever been a slave and that the bars that restricted his freedom were invisible and subtle, but present nonetheless. No, they (we) can only learn through the direct experience of our bondage. A slave will never feel the chains that bind him if he fails to pull against them. All that remains now is to wait and observe to what lengths those power structures will move to maintain the control they are so used to wielding but is only now being undermined by a slow rousing of the sleeping slave.
I am reminded of a line from the movie The Matrix. In the beginning of the movie, Morpheus attempts to explain to Neo just what the Matrix is. But he can’t. According to Morpheus:
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrix is.
You have to see it for yourself.
-Morpheus, The Matrix
Morpheus’ statement here is extremely insightful. As I said above, you cannot free a slave who believes he is already free. His ego will fight you in an attempt to maintain his illusion of freedom and, by extension, his bondage. But if there were someone quietly maneuvering events that would serve to better highlight that his freedom was a lie meant to supplicate him, what happens then? Might we see a better, more subtle, use for the time travel technology and the perspective it engenders?
Time travel is not a means to travel through time….it is a means to implement the wisdom that a broadened perspective yields.
In my continued research, I have moved beyond mere analysis of the John Titor posts. While they are a good and adequate starting point for anyone interested in the time travel question, they should not be a destination in and of themselves. There is so much more.
I have realized that the stage on which the time travel question plays out is orders of magnitude larger than any before have likely given it credit for. To think that the time travel question is composed of merely one man searching for one computer to deal with one problem is strikingly naïve and is a discredit to our descendants’ ingenuity when provided a tool and responsibility of this magnitude.
This naiveté is not to be ridiculed which I do not. I applaud anyone who takes an interest in the mysteries of our multiverse and has the courage to look for the subtle truth that has been there all along, arguably for centuries. I will assist anyone who has this courage, but I will not tell you what to believe. Truth is a personal quest, embrace it.
If my theories are correct, the world events that we are witnessing and experiencing “now” have been/will be engineered to take place in concert with other world-stage events of the recent past and our immediate future. All evidence points in this direction and is the best description that explains the observables so far.
This is definitely not to say that some future/present time travel program caused 9/11 or caused the debt to rise, caused Bush or Obama to be elected or caused the internet and the free flow of information to be invented. But the argument does exist that these and other events may have been engineered to happen in relative close proximity to each other, all with the aim of some larger vision for the world.
John said it himself:
The responsibility for the “disaster” is your own but I do not consider it a disaster. Rebirth is often painful. My worldline is not unified under a single government but I would say it is closer to a unified purpose. Isn’t that what you want anyway?
-John Titor, November 25th, 2000
Following Titor’s analogy, while Rebirth may be painful, it must be maneuvered to happen. The question now is, to which I feel I understand the answer as well as I can:
Who is doing the maneuvering and to what end?