Over the long Memorial Day weekend recently I had the opportunity to visit the Edison Ford Winter Estates Museum in Fort Meyers, Florida. I spent the day exploring the grounds, observing the exhibits in the museum and experiencing the hot Florida summer. Two points before I continue with this essay:
1) I specifically and purposefully avoided air conditioned spaces during my visit so as to fully understand (as much as can be possible) what life was like before the advent of modern conveniences such as air conditioning. I took the opportunity as a chance to experience what life must have been really like near the turn of the century. As I walked around the homes and observed the furnishings and other items I tried to imagine myself actually existing in that time; feeling the wicker against my body as I sat on the wicker chairs, pounding on the mechanical typewriter, cooling myself only by the weak breeze provided by the ocean. Don’t forget, electric fans were new for the era! When I visit a historical location such as this or others, I try to make use of the opportunity rather than simply look at all the ‘old-timey’ artifacts and thank God that I live in a more ‘civilized’ time. Instead, I try to imagine myself existing in that time and ask myself questions such as: would I have any trouble fitting in here? What surprises would I find that I did not expect from my 21st century perspective? What might betray my true origins or cause suspicion by someone of that era? I take part in these small mental exercises in no small part due to my interest in the time travel question. I wonder if there are others with similar interests who do the same for the same reason. And,
2) During my time at the Edison Ford Winter Estates Museum, it became blaringly obvious to me why it was called the Edison Ford Winter Estates. My God, how did they wear three piece suits in that heat?
Throughout my studies of the John Titor story and the ‘time travel’ question in general, I have discovered and been presented with notions and ideas that sometimes seem contradictory or wholly of a scale that I did not expect. When this happens we (as truth-seekers) should be prepared to acknowledge this seemingly “contradictory” or unexpected information, assess its veracity and, if it rises to the appropriate level, assimilate that information into the larger body of knowledge that we have acquired thus far. The truth seeker will know at the ‘gut level’ if the information makes sense or is at least plausible.
“Does this new information ring true?”
It has been my experience that one’s intuition, properly and objectively observed, is never wrong.
For those John Titor fans who also keep up with current events, an interesting series of events transpired in recent days that, if you place them within the Titor context, should act to put you on notice. Events are happening that should act as signposts to the Titor fans that the status quo will be changing soon.
The majority purpose for writing Conviction of a Time Traveler was to alert people to the fact that Titor was a real time traveler and that he was providing information that could be used to prepare ahead of time. Personally speaking, I believe this saying says it best:
Noah didn’t wait for it to start raining to build the ark.
The idea that time travel is real, happening now and has been a part of the human experience for hundreds of years (at least) is staggering. The implications are so far reaching that I am at a loss to find anything that would be so impactful. But are there other ways to travel through time other than by mechanical means?