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60%

Being able to change the past

Being able to change the past
Time travel have always been a interesting matter, but we are not talking about that here... at least, not exactly. We are talking just about the possibility of changing the past - it doesn't matter how. Maybe you go back in time and kill someone before he does something, maybe you have a magic book where you write something, you change a line in a history book... Anything is valid, as long as it changes the past! We are today to talk about just the action itself, about the act of changing the past. In something positive? In something negative? Up to you. Of course changing the past mean that the present will also change: maybe something will be better, maybe you prevent a terrible fate of someone, a gruesome event, or who know what else. But cause and effect often is a mistery, and you might end up making things worse. Maybe you kill someone but in his place arrive someone even worse, maybe you prevent the death of someone but they turns out to be villanous people, or you might even end up cancelling you, maybe avoiding the thing that made you going back in the past in the first place, creating a time paradox able to destroy the whole universe as we know it! It's a delicate thing to do! You have a lot of power in your hand if you actually do this, and you will have a lot of enemies or people who want to use your power for themselves. People that don't want the history to change, and people who want the history to change in their favour. There are a lot of movies, books, cartoons and stories where characters change the past, but in the majority of the cases that doesn't end well for them. Sure you can have a lot of advantages and with the smart changes you might have a awesome life... but is the risk worth it?

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Pros
  • You can rewrite history as you know it
  • Wrong answer at a school test? Now it's correct!
  • You can change some bad events that happened, or cancel them entirely

Cons
  • You might end up undoing something good, or worse
  • Time paradoxes are a big risk for the whole universe
  • Maybe it's a power too big for the hand of a single human

Supporters

anna

Could rescue people from trauma

So much of the psychiatric and therapeutic field is trying to help patients cope with their trauma. Post traumatic stress can have lifelong consequence. If I had the power to change the past I could prevent these traumas from ever happening.
Posted by anna on 11-09-2017
felabruno

Change it

Wasted so much time in some situations that I could totally avoid and save myself some troubles and I didn't want to change just because I was stubborn and immature. Now when I look back in time I see how silly I was. Anyway, it helped me somehow to get some life experience.
Posted by felabruno on 11-15-2017
ColdFlameChris

Change the past

Being able to change the past is always better because if you make a mistake by doing the thing that you're supposed to do, you can easily go back time to redo it. Seeing the future only gives you a one time experience where if you did see what's gonna happen in the future and you messed up changing it, there's no turning back. You can redo your past over and over again. Once the future that you see finally comes to present and you messed up, there's no turning back.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-10-2017

40%

Being able to see the future

Being able to see the future
Do you know what I'm going to say? Probably not. Do you know what will happen tomorrow? Who will win in that sport competition? Which ones will be the lucky numbers that will allow someone to win millions? How about some serious stuff, like upcoming murders, crimes, disasters and deaths? No one know that, and being able to see the future would grant you a lot of power in that manner. Sure, the main thing that people dream to do if they were able to see in the future was to become rich, but there is a lot more! Imagine the lives you could save, imagine the help you could give! You would be a useful resource for the world... and a very powerful weapon, indeed. Seeing the future, seeing the strategy of your enemies is a great way to defeat them easily. Like if you were able to see in the past, being able to see in the future would bring to you both friends and enemies. Maybe you could see the enemies coming and try to avoid that, but sooner or later it might become tiring and you might just wish for that to be over. And the worst part is that you know it will never end, or worse you know it will end in a terrible way - for you! You know everything that is going to happen! And this is also bad for your personal life, expecially if you like movies, books, tv series. Imagine years ago when Lost first started: knowing the future you would already knew the ending! Game of Thrones? You already know who win and who die. There are no plot twists for you, because you can say that you saw that coming... every single time. And can you see in the future now? Can you see the vote you are going to make on this versus?

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Pros
  • You can prevent a lot of terrible stuff to happen
  • You can eventually become rich
  • You can be really useful to some good people

Cons
  • But you can also be very dangerous in the hands of bad people
  • No plot twists or surprsises for you
  • It might become a living nightmare from which you cannot escape

Supporters

hermessantos

Being able to see the future

This is a kind of enquent that I am confused to answer, after all they are situation that will never happen. But hypothetically, if this could happen then I would rather be able to see the future. The past is past and I do not care anymore. The future is more important and more interesting. So if you can change it, it means you can save lives, hit the lottery and do other great things.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-18-2017
wiseagent

Future.

The past is past and helps us to remember who we really are (so it must remain intact). Predicting the future is more interesting because that would imply in being able to change your own destiny. This is definitelya great power.
Posted by wiseagent on 11-13-2017

Comments

Alexa
Neither is a good option; you cannot change the past because it has happened. As for the future, where there are possibilities it is still unwritten because every thought or action can alter the events. It is possible to have an idea of what could occur but nothing is ever guaranteed in life. One must accept that bad things and tragedies will happen and is part of life.
Posted by Alexa on 11-10-2017
lovely
I wish I can see the future,no need going back to the past, it far gone.I need the present but more still the future.will like to put things straight before hitting the future.Will make the future to be very bright.
Posted by lovely on 11-10-2017
gata montes
Neither of these - particularly as - altering the past may not be for the better but could change things for the worst and delving too far into the future is not a good thing either - especially as - not knowing what the future holds is what gives us hope and what our dreams are made of - something to strive for.

Which is in fact the very reason why - I've always been a strong believer in living in the present and enjoying each day as though it were your last - regardless of the challenges it throws your way - as life is way too short to waste dwelling on the past or delving too far into the future.
Posted by gata montes on 11-11-2017
vinaya
If you make a mistake today, your mistake will follow you your entire life. For example, you drank and drove car very fast. You had an accident and you lost your leg. You will have to suffer for the entire life. In order to amend the mistake you have to go to the past and correct it. Thje day you had accident, you don't drink and you don't drive very fast.
Posted by vinaya on 11-11-2017
babyright
I prefer to be able to change the past. Some of my past life were not good. mistakes and ignorance were made along the years so i will prefer to be able to change the past so that the present will now be better for me.
Posted by babyright on 11-12-2017
Pixie
There are many things in my past which I would like to change. I made some serious mistakes and those are things which I would like to correct. I lost some friends due to unfortunate consequences. As for the future, I don't really want to know about it. I am not a risk lover and I think well before taking any decisions.
Posted by Pixie on 11-13-2017
Marvadaum
Personally, I think none are truly fruitful since if you change your past you can't learn from it and if you see your future then you might always work towards changing it. So it's better to learn to cope with whatever hand you're dealt
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-13-2017