Topic suggested by The Daily Post
If you could meet yourself as you were ten years ago, what would you say to your younger self?
This is a good question. I don’t know, is the short answer. I guess it would depend on exactly when I went back to talk to myself. I started dating my wife on September 25th, 2001, so, if I went back before then, I would tell myself something like “Hang tough. Just a few months more until your life changes radically.”
This question also brings up an interesting moral dilemma, as well. Would I warn myself of the events of September 11th? If I did, and my younger self warned the government, would they listen? Could I prevent those flights from even taking off in the first place?
Do I bear any responsibility to alter history in the first place? Or would such actions cause a paradox and lead to even more, as yet unseen, problems?
It’s a tough call.
On the one hand, I could save thousands of lives, possibly prevent the re-election of George Bush, prevent the Patriot Act, and preserve the America That Was.
On the other hand, it might have led to something even worse happening to America. We just don’t know.
But, as it regards myself, I would tell myself to skip college. Or, at the least, if I am as dead set to go as I was, to bear down and get it done and not to worry so much what others think about me.
I’d also tell myself to hold my tongue at that crucial moment when things changed. I can’t go into too much detail, but, perhaps it would’ve prevented such a rift forming in my immediate family.
So, that’s what I would tell my younger self.