Friday, August 19, 2016

Past or Future?


I have a question today for my dear blogging friends:

If you could travel to the future and spend one day 500 years in the future

Or travel back in time and spend one day 500 years in the past

And your safety was guaranteed...

Which would you choose? And why?

226 comments:

  1. Future! Either I would be so inspired I would return with a message of real hope. Or so terrified I could return and help sow the seeds of an alternate and better future.

    I am assuming the terms of your thought experiment allow us to come back again... otherwise I'll just stay put thanks : )

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  2. Eh bien non je ne serai tentée par aucune de ces propositions, c'est déjà assez compliqué de vivre à notre ère... le futur Brrrr, le passé Boffff !
    Bonne journée sur notre terre en perdition...


    http://dans-les-voiles.over-blog.com/

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  3. I'd definitely go into the future - because it's a total unknown that I will never otherwise live to see.

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  4. I think I'd go back. British history was fascinating at that point - Henry VIII on the throne etc. At the moment, the future in 5 years worries me, let alone 500!

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  5. The future because I would like to know how the world progresses. We can research the past but not the future.

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  6. Neither, why, that's my decision.

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  7. Past-- I would have a long conversation (as well as could be had anyway) with the Chippewa and Iroquois nations that inhabited this area about their future and a certain charlatan named Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac who would in less than a century come among them and "settle their lands. If they took the appropriate actions much of the 20th century in Detroit or the world would never have happened.

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  8. The future, I would know what is the wildlife?

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  9. It would have to be the past. I'm not convinced that humans will still be here in 500 years and that planet Earth will still be able to support life. 😔

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  10. Future, if only to prove there is one!

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  11. It's not even 5AM, and you ask me this? :)

    But probably the past. I guess because the past is part of us and where we came from. But then again, my DNA may go on into the future, so in a sense I could be part of that too.

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  12. What, the 1600s? Nothing back there to interest me. But the year 2500 will just amaze. The technological advances in the latter half the 20th century and the first decade or so of this century have been mind boggling. Imagine what technology will be in in five hundred years! I also want to look back in history at some time during the 21st century when the great enlightenment happened and we realised the environment was the most important thing for us, followed by poverty and population growth. But you know, I bet we will still eat and drink too much in 500 years.

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  13. I would have to say that I would go back to the past if my safety was guaranteed. I believe the future is unknown for a reason and should simply be left that way. Yet, if I wanted to take a peek into the future, the best way would be to look into the past seeing as we are always constantly repeating ourselves.

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  14. the future, just to see if cher is still alive!

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  15. Hmmmm....an interesting question. I'd probably pick going back. I'm flat out keeping up with the speed at which technology is moving nowadays without having to try to understand it all in one day in the 2516!

    Yes...I think a trip back might be interesting...as long as I can wear what they were wearing then...I don't want to draw too much attention to myself! I'll just blend into the background! :)

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  16. I like my comforts too much - I'd go to the future.

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  17. given my love of travel, history and culture ... the past absolutely without question. the hard part would be picking only one destination, but I'd consider Scandinavia (Vikings), Central Europe (Byzantine) ... although it might need to be 600 years ago before it dissolved, India (the Mogul empire) ... or for a little excitement (assuming my safety was guaranteed) the Americas for any number of indigenous cultures (Mayan, Aztecs or even the Navajo ... you name it I'm in!)

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  18. I would travel back in time for sure....when things were simple and easy!! I need easier right now, a porch and a rocker and maybe my own horse!!

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  19. Hello, it is hard decision for me. I would want to do both, past and the future. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

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  20. Future . . .
    My curious self leads me there . . .

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  21. Past please. I would not wish to work with aliens. past always. thanks. 'nough said. giggles! have a fabulous weekend! ( ;

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  22. I am stumped! Came here expecting to read a post but got an interesting hard to answer question instead.
    Hmmm.....no ready answer . Your question has triggered me. Interesting one

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  23. Past--it would be at the beginning of the Reformation. Could I meet Erasmus, Luther, Zwingli, or a young Calvin? I don't think I would want to continue living knowing the future, that would be a hard burden.

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  24. I'm neither curious about the future nor about the distant past.

    As things look now, there'll be no future to go to, as there are no solutions to the problems created by humans over the years. Technology is worthless if the quality of mankind remains low.

    There will also be no past to go to as the world will probably be facing a reset or a new creation, after the elimination of the existing world.

    So, no options besides the 'stay where you are' option.

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  25. Definitely future - the lure of the unknown would be too much for me. Of course, there is the risk of encountering post-apocalyptic wasteland but that could be a healthy awakening.

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  26. I'm going to have to chose the past..mostly because I am a genealogist and family historian and I have so many questions and brick walls that maybe I could solve. Especially if I could choose to go back 50 years at a time until I reached the 500 yr mark. I would never choose the future. I'm afraid it would be extremely depressing. We can't get along now as a human race and I don't have much faith in that changing anytime soon.

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  27. I'd totally go into the past! I don't want to know the future...

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  28. Definately the past not into more modern stuff

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  29. Seems to me everything was so much more pleasing to the eye! Ships were beautiful , buildings were beautiful ,transport and farm machinery , a slower pace of life ,more trees ..no plastic .If I could go back five hundred years there would be a few things that I,d like to take with me ..just to impress folk , a wind up radio , a battery torch and a packet of paracetamol .....I would then quickly come back to now before being accused of witchcraft !

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  30. The past!! Love history and would LOVE to see it all unfold instead of having to read about it!!!!!! The future scares me, and I would be afraid of what I would see for our children's futures ....

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  31. Going back would be the safer option I suppose, because we have at least some idea of what to expect - see Julies answer...♥nic

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  32. Hi Keith! I love this kind of question. I will have to modify it slightly tho ... back 147 years. I would love to go back to May 10, 1869, and be at the spot where the final spike was driven for the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in America. Well, you know that I love trains and this event had such a major impact on the development of the USA. I'd just love to see that Golden Spike being driven! Link to full story on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad
    Thanks for sharing your blog and for your kind comments on mine!

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    1. Hi Keith, It's almost a week later and great fun to come back and look at all the comments. What a variety of answers! It's actually quite fascinating to see the differences in the way folks approach answering your question. As I write this there are 170 comments and only ONE thing missing: Your own answer. :-)

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  33. Exam day??? O......K....... It would have to be the future but only if I could go with the body I had 45 years ago (free of arthritis, strong and healthy) and go equipped with survivalist gear, loads of weapons, and be dropped somewhere where there is some interesting stuff going on that I could deal with (sort of like being in a live computer game). Enough of that, I'll just go take a nap now (where'd I put my cane).

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  34. Great question! I would go to the future, curious to see how people are living now, the latest and incredible new inventions and discoveries. It is Important that you said 'safety insured', it gave a cautious person like me the ability to think ahead fearlessly!

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  35. If America votes from Trump we'll get a little of both

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  36. I'm afraid of the future...
    So, I would like to live among the Anasazi, making beads and pottery, drawing on rock walls and grinding corn and sing and dance with my people!
    Haha! How's that!!?

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  37. Be kind of fun to go to the future and see what lies ahead :)

    betty

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  38. I think I'd chose the past. I'm much more afraid of the future.

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  39. Past...so I could verify if all that we studied in school was right or not ;-)

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  40. I'd probably choose future. Just so I can see what happened to everyone. Like: new technology? Extinction to animals? I'm curious about the future, and if I could go into it, I would! :D

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  41. No electricity or running water? Pffft to heck with the past. I'd go to the future. Then again aliens could blow us up, or us, most likely us, in 500 years so that could be bad too.

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  42. I prefer to travel to future, Keith. I'm 70 and I want to see future of my grand-grand-grandchildren.
    Just for one day!

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  43. I imagine Soylent Green is the future. I hate the thought of dying because I want to know what happens, and that is the only reason. The world, if it keeps going like it is, will be nothing but a huge Nigeria with people communicating by banging on drums, because our scientists will have died out. OR, it will be so advanced I'll be placed in a lab and dissected.

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  44. This is a lovely composition - and great colors, too!

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  45. As a genealogy researcher, I'd travel back to the past. I want to meet ALL my ancestor's--especially the ones I can't find from Europe, before they came here. I'd have to spend 5 days though. I's want one day in each century.

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  46. Interesting.... For me only present
    Thanks to comment me
    Kisses

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  47. Can I choose both? Because that would be super fascinating to compare the two.

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  48. This is an interesting question. Although I have concerns about the future I would probably choose to travel there if only to convince myself that there is indeed a future for us. By the way, your photo is beautiful.

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  49. Neither. I will continue to live each day to the fullest. Spending time in the past is past, and spending time in the future would be mind boggling.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  50. Definitely the past. I've always had a passion for history - and I have no desire to know what will be....

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  51. My husband and I talk about this sometimes. He's a future kinda guy and I definitely love learning about the past. So, it's the past for me! But, I've never had a desire to go THAT far back. Late 1800s would be the perfect place for me.

    Fun question!

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  52. 500 years in the past. I don't think the future is the right place...

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  53. A bit torn on this one as I love history but the future would be my choice. I would like to see if there is one for my future kin and just what it holds.

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  54. I'd pick 500 years past. There would be more to explore. So much of the land was untouched.

    In the future I may look like a dumb ass. I wouldn't know the technology that everyone else would know.

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  55. Thanks for visiting ~ I would prefer to be right where I am now ~ thanks ~

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

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  56. I'd go back in time. I think it would be more interesting to see where we'd come from rather than see where we'd got to because I think we're already making a good job of ruining this beautiful planet and I have a horrible feeling that a trip into the future would be inexpressibly depressing.

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  57. Hmmmmmm, that's an interesting question, Keith. One I'll have to think about today. :)

    ~Sheri

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  58. Fun question! I would travel to future because I can learn past from books and such. But future, we never know what's gonna happen! Though, it also sounds fun to travel to the past and dig unknown history :-)

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  59. Hmm. Probably 500 years into the future so that I could see how it all turned out.

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  60. Although I enjoy reminiscing about the past and looking forward to the future I would have to say neither! I try every day to "live in the moment" and I find it sad that some people are so wrapped up in the past or so worried about the future that they don't see the beauty and blessings right in front of them...this moment! :)

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  61. Ooh this is such a tough question! My curiousity points me towards the future, but, at the same time I am more curious about the past and how different everything would have looked. I had to use a calculator but being able to see Cumbria in 1516 would be amazing and to experience the culture and language would have been amazing - so for me it would always be the past, and then the wonder of the future would still remain. Great post! - Tasha

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  62. I'd say neither. I'm happy right where I am.
    I don 't think the world will be here in 500 years.

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  63. Can I say 'it depends'? I'd go back in the past if I was allowed to change something - like someone's injury. But speaking from my heart - I would dearly love to see the future to see if Mankind will survive the turmoil we have and grow enough to spread outward. I don't think we need to be tied to one planet. . .but I would like it to survive.

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  64. Without a doubt, it'd have to be the future. It'd be reassuring to know there's still something in existence 500 years from now.

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  65. I would chose the past. There are so many things in history that I would like to experience. It was a different pace of life.

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  66. You do pose the most interesting questions but leave me wondering which you would choose. I am fascinated by the past and wonder how history was “jiggered” to meet the needs of differing perspectives. The unvarnished truth would be interesting to discover about many historic events. However, since I am more forward looking than backward focused, I would love to know if humanity finally got rid of wars and created a healthy lifestyle for the planet and everyone on it. Also, new inventions (if we haven’t blown ourselves up by then) would be phenomenal. The thought of knowing what happens next in so many areas is appealing.

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  67. The past, hands down. Do I get to choose the location?

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  68. I would definitely choose the PAST.... Why you ask? Because I don't like where our country is going ---and the future doesn't look all that great....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  69. Definitely the past. Both Freckleface and Terri have expressed what I feel more eloquently (than I might).

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  70. The past without a doubt. I am fascinated by history, and I would love the chance to go back in time and see it for myself.

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  71. Oops. I hit post too soon. 500 years would put me in the time period of King Henry VIII's rule. I would love to visit his court.

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  72. I think I'd go to the past. I love history and I at least have an idea of what's there. The future? That's some scary stuff! What if it's horrible and heart breaking? I wouldn't want to have to come back and live out my life knowing we're doomed.

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  73. 500 years either way sounds scary, but knowing I would be safe, I would choose the past.

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  74. Future. Not interested in the past ;)

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  75. I'd go to the past, because the past is far more interesting. I'd be more scared to see the future and what the world becomes. With 500 years in the future, you see one day and it can't impact your life because it's too far in the future. But 500 years in the past would be amazing and it could impact your life as you're living the future of that time when you go back to the present. Does that make sense? :)

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  76. I so badly wanted to read all these comments before I responded but I knew they might sway my own thoughts. This is a tough one. I would love to know more about my ancestors, but I would have to go into the future. I'm not one to look back.

    Well let me clarify, I love my memories of the past, of loved ones now gone, of my childhood and my school days. But I would rather look forward to the future and I would love to know if 500 years from now we are still here. If the U.S. is still here. Did we manage to repair the mistakes that we've made to the environment. Did we figure out this whole racial divide thing? Did we figure out how to co-exist without so much judgement? So many things that I want to know already! Love this post and questions like this that make me really step outside my comfort zone to respond!

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  77. I would go back into the past. I'm nuts about history and would love to spend some time personally experiencing some of the things I've read about. My ancestors came from England to America about 500 years ago and I would like to meet them.

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  78. the future! ever since watching woody allen's sleeper i dreamed of experiencing an orgasmatron.

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  79. Wow, if I could travel in the past and change the future of my family I might do that.

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  80. I would travel to the future. I'd love to fast forward to see what we are in the process of doing to the planet. I think I've given up fretting over it. I'd come back from a scene of probable devastation and at least be able to say, "I knew it all along." Sad.

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  81. I think probably the future. I can read about the past and get some kind of an idea, but who knows what the future will hold. I hope it's something wonderful!

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  82. I'd go with the future. I'm hoping it would be better than the world today. It couldn't be worse, right?

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  83. It is a hard choice because I love history and having gone into our genealogy it would be fun to meet my ancestors. However, I am very curious what the future will hold and would like to know what kind of technology there is 500 years from now. So I will opt for the future.

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  84. Interesting question. It's a hard one. I could argue for either. I think right now I'll say future, but ask me again tomorrow and you might get a different answer.

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  85. July 27, 1974. My wedding day. It was absolutely perfect.

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  86. Since I try not to spend too much time in either place, I'm having trouble deciding. I'd probanbly go forward into the future to get a glimpse of that unknown life.

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  87. Hard one but I think I'd chose the past, back when times were more simple and the world seemed to be a lot less stressful. People hard a hard life back then but was proud and had more love in their hearts instead of so much hate, etc. Nice post.

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  88. In the past !! I would be happy to be in years ago, about 1800 :)

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  89. I guess my curiosity would lean towards the future as I already know the past. I would like to know that our world would still be spinning for generations to come. It could be scary though. I always say time is "now" so maybe, I would just stay here and live one day at a time.

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  90. Great question! Hands down it would be the future. I'm dying to know what happens.

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  91. After doing some basic math, I'd choose the future. Women were so oppressed 500 years ago. I'm so feisty I'd likely be killed the moment I opened my mouth. (I often think about the fact that I'm incredibly lucky to be living in a country that guarantees my freedom of speech. My ferocity might do me in at some point though this isn't nearly as likely in modern or futuristic times.)

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  92. Both. The first 12 hours in the past, the rest in the future.

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  93. The future. There's no doubt about it. Why? Because I'm curious to see if the human race has been able to sustain itself without blowing up half the planet. I'm curious to see if the internet still exists. I'm curious to see if we're still racist. I'm curious to see if the ME-ME in all of us is still very much a reality. I'm curious to see if we've finally grown up as a spiecies.

    That's why, Keith. :)

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    1. And I agree with, Blue, 100%.

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    2. I agree as well and had very similar thoughts in my comment. I'd like to think that 500 years from now we would have gotten our act together!

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    3. Hello Wendy! 100%... How about that?
      Hello Alicia. Just don't bet your marbles on it. ;)

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  94. Past....I'm a past kind of girl. I'd like to meet my ancestors.

    Cindy Bee

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  95. Oh, I'd like to see the future. I think both would be kind of interesting, but I'd definitely like to see what we're heading for.

    I also wonder, with limited resources, how much 500 years in the future would be like 500 years in the past.

    Thanks for such an interesting question.

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  96. The future, because it's uncharted territory. Plus, as far as I'm aware, the human race hasn't stuffed it up ... yet.

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  97. Wow. That's a good question. I'm not 100% sure. If I travel to the past, I could meet my ancestors, but the future could provide a meeting with my descendants. For now, I'll choose the past, but may I reserve the right to change my mind? :) Have a great weekend!

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  98. This is a fascinating question. Especially because our safety would be guaranteed. Hmmm. They both are appealing for different reasons. I think I would pick the past because I have only read about it and it would be interesting to see it for myself- and especially if I could see one of my ancestors. The future could be wonderful- or terrible and I think it could be a lot to take in and process.

    Happy weekend!
    ~Jess

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  99. I would go to the future as I'm interested in the technology that would be available and the new fashions and customs of people. I hope in 500 years time we have achieved space travel where the average person can go into space.

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  100. Keith, I would love to go into the future as long as I could come back... I like my creature comforts so I don't think I could handle going back 500 years... xox

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  101. There are no guarantees of safety in the future because it is manifold --a universe in which all possibilities are assembled. In short there's no specific future until one gets there and we're time traveling as fast as we are able. Past? More predictable, but I'd rather not travel back before the advent of antibiotics.

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  102. I would want to return to my wedding day and spend one more day with my beloved.

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  103. Interesting question. I think the future might change me and if I went to the past, I might want to change it.

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  104. 500 years, either way...I do believe I'd go back that far to see what kind of blood I came from....

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  105. Back! So many good memories there!

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  106. Definitely the future for me! I'd love to see what's going on. Have we evolved as a species (if we're still around)? How are people living? What are they up to? What has been invented/discovered/improved? Which illnesses have been cured? Have humans been to other planets? And on and on... Oh, so many things I'm curious about!

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  107. Definitely forward. The world is changing so quickly, it would be both scary and fascinating to see what the world looks like in 500 years. Hopefully I could learn from it and find a way to share what I have learned.

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  108. Sure. The main reason I could tell these crazy people that the second coming didn't happen. Well a lease not 500 years forward.
    Coffee is on

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  109. Future....curious to see if man is still around and how much more damage he can do or undo hopefully

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  110. I'd love to see the future!!! Wow, that would be something.

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  111. Great question! I would have to choose the past as there is so many wonderful things to be learned from history and getting to learn more about my family roots :-) I love anything that has to do with history! I believe the future that far ahead may just make me sad with where the world is headed today....
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    blessings,
    Jill

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  112. This is a hard one. I would have to say the PAST if I could choose the PLACE. I want to meet an ancestor or two. And I'm not sure I really want to know how badly the human race has messed up the earth in the FUTURE.

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  113. I would take the past. It's exciting for me to experience the reality of what I know only from books.
    The future, with all its technical things do not appeal to me. Although I hardly believe that the world in 500 years is still a habitable place.

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  114. I would travel to the future, take lots of photos and back in 2016 try to convince the people to make the future better. :)

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  115. Tricky! But I will take future, cos 500 years back, meh, nothing interesting there for me, make it 1000 and I am in ;) So future to see if we effed up

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  116. that's a great question, and I'd probably lean toward the past to find my real roots. I love all the information I'm able to find concerning my ancestors, so going back 500 years would be an adventure.

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  117. Good question. I have no desire to be in either. My husband has cancer and we enjoy every day as much as possible. We live in the present moment.

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  118. Great question

    Since there are so many ways to know about past I will go in futur because I am soooooooooooooo much curius about it I really want to see the time when human will use the galxies like cities and all planets like their homes
    They will travel super fast in space as they scate here on roads but wait .......
    It was the decesion of my mind .My heart wants to goback in times when there were really few people on earth enironnment was plution free and negative activities were almost not in.

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  119. I don't think 500 years in the past would be a pleasant time nor do I think 500 years in the future would be either. (Am I being too negative?) I have serious doubts that the world as we know it (even vaguely) will even exist 500 years in the future. But good question which makes for a lot of thinking!

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  120. Ah, in the past...if we could go there...it's dangerous...you know, because accidently changing something we could doubt our present stay....
    and, in the future...wow! if we become so enlightened why we need reincarnate again?....so I'm happy where I am! How about you,Keith? :)

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  121. 500 years is too much. i would want 10 years. and i would go back to change one thing that would change the rest of my life.

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  122. Back...I guess (with that safety guaranteed!!... :) )
    Good topic of thinking... back for sure, just to have a look at those times described in history books, in journals;
    And if i'm thinking about the present time, I'm not sure about the future in 500 years; all I know is that in the last 100 years, everything changed, evolved so much, everything had become so complicated in all areas and the technologies used are so bizarre sometimes...
    Good topic, again, Keith! and Have a very good and creative weekend!

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  123. I would love to travel back in time... because I believe that we have lost many than what we gained today. And I also have no idea about the future, but past has always inspired me to look forward. I think what we are seeking future is driving back to roots.

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  124. Such a question! I had to pour another cup of coffee. And I looked up 1516. Hmmm. Leonardo was alive and sadly Selim 1 of the Ottoman Empire was invading Syria, some things never seem to change.

    I'd go back. Of course if I popped up right where I am I wouldn't see Leonardo, most likely I'd be in the woods in August probably alone. Although this place is somewhat of an oasis in a dry part of WA state I might get to visit with the original inhabitants, and see the land covered with grasses that rose over your head and that would be remarkable. If it wasn't on fire like this place is often in August. Thought provoking question.

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  125. As an anthropology student, I would prefer the past (although I'm not afraid of the future, ha ha). It would be nice to go back just a tad further, say to 1200 CE so I could check out Chaco Canyon.

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  126. I would travel to the future. I agree with the one who said she would travel to future to see if there IS one. I sometimes wonder, with the state of things today, who or what will be around 500 years from now. I have a feeling it will be a much different place -as different as the year 1500 would be from our world today. I do hope,however, the differences would be good ones. But some days I am not optimistic.

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  127. That's a pretty picture. I'd go to the past, as I don't want to know the future...

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  128. i love my history so i'd go to the past, and spending only a day you wouldn't have to face all the unpleasant sides of the times. xx

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  129. Gosh ... now that is a question, and whichever you decide can have consequences.
    Do we truly learn from History?
    We should because it can help shape the future.

    I think I'll stay in the present and do my bit to make my small piece of the world more pleasant.

    Enjoy your weekend

    All the best Jan

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  130. Now that's a good question. I was going to say the past...then I remembered plumbing:)

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  131. First of all, I love the photo! I would, without a doubt choose to back in time. I am not one bit interested in moving into the future 500 years. I am all about vintage and the old school way (well, mostly), even though going back 500 years is beyond my comprehension. I'm sure I would want to stay very long because there was no A/C back then :)

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  132. What a beautiful photo!!

    please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com/

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  133. Great question. Both would be great but it would all depend on my love because I'd want to go with her.

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  134. The past - just to see a world less touched by human hands.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Darwin, NT

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  135. Good question!!! Personally, I would say neither, because I believe you should live in the here and now! The past is the past and the future, you will see soon enough. If not in this life time, then the next :)
    But, saying all of that, I would love to see our world, when nature was at it's fullest. When dragons and unicorns roamed the earth :)

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  136. Can I try both?! Seriously, that would make some *awesome* blog post material!!

    I'm not a huge fan of the 1500s, but I suppose if I went back then, I'd find it very interesting to meet my family back in the United Kingdom and Thailand. I'd also want to meet Martin Luther. After a quick review of the history of the 1500s, I guess I'll add Leonardo de Vinci, Machiavelli, Zwingli, Magellan, and Sir Thomas More to my list! Can you imagine how fascinating interviewing them would be. And I'm sure de Vinci especially would be fascinated with learning about our modern contraptions!

    But if I could only choose one, I think I'd opt to see what it's like 500 years from now. I think I would be flabbergasted! If our present world still exists, it's hard to imagine what devices man will have invented. I'm really hoping the anti-gravity belt is one of them--something you can wear around your waist, and use to travel up, down, to the side--or even long distances--something like a personal airplane, but a lot less bulky and easy-to-use. If man has destroyed this world by then, I'm believing God's promise for a better world more wonderful than can be imagined.

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  137. I'm not sure which one I would choose. I have to think about this alot.

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  138. Gosh that's a tough question. I'm sure I'd choose to go back because I'd be too afraid ahead would be total nothingness. So i guess I'd want to go back to the Renaissance and soak up the atmosphere. Hmmm, now I'm going to be thinking about this.

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  139. Hmm, 500 years ago...slavery was legal everywhere, women almost everywhere had no rights, Venice had the first ghetto for Jews, half of the children born didn't live long enough to be adults, Bloody Mary was executing Protestants and the birth of twins was considered a rare disease. I will jump into the future for a day, thanks!

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  140. I would definitely choose the future. I would love to see how things have changed and what sort of advancements (or declines) have happened. I would also love to see what futuristic clothing looks like.

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  141. Hello Keith!:)Your question is an easy one for me, I would choose neither. I'm quite happy where I am, living in the moment.:)

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  142. I would go into the past when the natural world was less damaged by human hands....

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  143. I'm torn between the two ... I would like to see if human beings are still "present" in the future and what circumstances they are living by .. hopefully positive headway in saving the earth. Yet to see the past would be extraordinary .. the natural beauty without the damage ..
    I can't make up my mind .. you have stumped me ! LOL

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  144. I want to experience a future I may never get to see first hand. That would be awesome. I can virtually revisit the past, but the future holds promise and mystery.

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  145. The future.
    I want to find out if anyone was still talking about me.

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  146. The future.
    I want to find out if anyone was still talking about me.

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  147. I would love to travel in this road. It looks beautiful.

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  148. 1516 for me too. Knowing the past can influence the future knowing the future is pointless as you have too long to wait until you are there.

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  149. That's a tough question, but I guess I would choose the future. I don't know if there will still be an earth here in 500 years, but if there is, I'd like to know how future generations are surviving.

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  150. Probably the past just to explore. Seeing the future could ruin your life and make you crazy.
    Lisa

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  151. I'd go to the future. We already know what happened in the past. The future is such a mystery and would be more exciting, I would think.

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  152. Future -- I can read about the past. (Although it might be difficult to come back, knowing what -- if anything -- awaited our future great great great..... descendents. What about you? What would you choose?

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  153. Future for me. I really want to know if we ever discover how to get along with each other. Do we learn if other beings are out there somewhere. And I'd look through records to see how my grandchildren and great grandchildren made their lives.

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  154. So far into the future is frightening - the unknown, I guess, and that feeling that the closer we get to it, the more clinical it all seems. Plus, being a romantic (and an incurable one, at that), it's a no brainer: the past, and preferably somewhere pretty, pastoral and peaceful. Having said that, I'd probably not want to come back!

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  155. Goodness..I can't decide!
    The past is so certain and has already been done, so though that may be comforting, it also lacks the element of suspense and adventure.
    IF my safety was guaranteed, I'd choose future.
    My reasoning would be mostly out of curiosity.

    Be blessed!

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  156. The future. I already know what the past was. I'd rather learn something new. I'm also very curious as to what humans, society, and life would look like after 500 years.

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  157. I would go back in time to see some of the places that I have read about.

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  158. Very intriguing question...it will be to the future. I would be interested to see what the world will look like!

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  159. Hi Keith - I'd go back ... but couldn't manage one place in time ... I'd need loads of questions and time - I'd love to learn more about both sides of my family as I traverse their history ... I know quite a lot - but those earlier roots would be fascinating to find out more.

    Cheers Hilary

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  160. Hi Keith, I found your question kind of scary & kind of intriguing. I have enjoyed reading everyones comments immensely. I have thought about it quite a bit & have come to the conclusion I would chose the past. Even though New Zealand is not a very old country at all, I would still go back to the past. But it sure made me put my thinking cap on to decide.

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  161. Would choose the future. Would be bewildered and astounded at the progress and new experiences. It would mean opportunities for new ideas so one would be more motivated.

    Hank

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  162. Would choose the future. Would be bewildered and astounded at the progress and new experiences. It would mean opportunities for new ideas so one would be more motivated.

    Hank

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  163. Definitely the past. The 1600s, probably Europe. I know it was pretty sketchy back then, not as pretty as the movies make it and possibly kind of bloody. But fascinating to see the artists, the creativity firsthand.

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  164. I'm going for the future! I want to see if we are on the right track......

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  165. Past sounds interesting! There's no reason good enough in my head for the choice though.

    What would you do?

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  166. Future so I can see what the world is facing.

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  167. The future. I want to see how the state of the world is. Did it get better or did we humans ruin it. Most of all, I want to see my children's offspring and their future generations.

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  168. i just had to come by to tell you that I had a big ole cinnamon roll for breakfast...
    a piece of Coconut Cake for lunch...
    and a bowl of Coffee Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce
    for dinner...
    so...see...you aren't the only one..LOL

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  169. I think the past. I've done a lot of genealogy, tracing my ancestors, and I'd like to learn more about them, how they lived, what sort of people they were. Am I like any of them? Good question.

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  170. Renaissance! To meet Shakespeare, Cervantes, Leonardo... Why 500 days? Random?

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  171. Quite a challenge. I would be most curious about what the future has in store, though I am not optimistic. Well, at least I can return without harm!

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  172. I would go into the future just to see if we really have one though I am not optimistic, either...

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  173. Oh definitely the past. At least there I would have some idea of what to expect.
    Just contemplating the future unsettles me, so I will give that a miss! ;)

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  174. I would go to the future, to see the things that I do not know currently.

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  175. can we go together??? I've got two backpacks- the simple kind - one red and one dark blue. . we could pack sweets for us and for sharing with folks we meet . . . .

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  176. I can't make up my mind. I'm somebody who's always interested in history and in the days long gone. Yet, it would also be cool to be able to see what it is like in the future and see if there is any lesson to take to the future beings.

    I enjoyed reading the replies here!

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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  177. Both are an intriguing thought. I would maybe pick past, since history really interests me...but then again...

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  178. future, the past is available to us through books and media... fun to read about, not so fun to experience (less conveniences!) future - very unknown! but exciting! and shiny!

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  179. I'd want to go to the past. I'm not sure there will be much around on Earth 500 years in the future so it might be kind of boring.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  180. I'd go to the past. I'm interested in history. And frankly, I'm not optimistic about the future of humankind and I try not to dwell on it.

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  181. Hey! Just catching up on some posts! I would love to travel to the future and see what lies before us. If there was anything I could do to make things better for the world I would do it!

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  182. Would I choose to travel into the future? I never envied Cassandra.
    Would I choose to travel into the past? Depends on the spot I would go to.
    I love the NOW.

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  183. I would never wish to play with the future by visiting it. I would visit the past, to deepen my understanding of past and present, and to develop empathy for those who came before.

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  184. I answered this question, but my reply disappeared. :( I would go to the past, without question. I don't want to know the future. For sure I'd come home and then mess it up with my decisions. And the distant future? That could just be depressing. But what's in the past? It would be fascinating to see the real way people live--the ones I read about all the time in other eras.

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  185. Hello, I’m back to blogging. I’m interested in history. But history is always written by the views of the winners, so I’d like to make sure what really happed with my eyes. Truth often lies in the unspoken parts. However, utterly unknown world is more tempting to me. I’d like to see how humans progressed or regressed, the consequence of what we are doing now.

    Yoko

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  186. I would choose the past because I'd rather not know how the earth looks like in 500 years. No matter what you choose though, I'm sure it would make everybody appreciate more what we have at the moment.

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  187. The future because I am already part of the part of the past.

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  188. The future because I am already part of the part of the past.

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  189. Future, so I could see if we made good choices with all the gifts God has given us.

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