100 years in the past or the future?

The question posed, I ponder. 

 

 Would I rather be able to visit 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future?

 

The key word here is visit, meaning I would return to my existing life.

 

If I chose the past, I would experience what I already know.  Some very beneficial aspects have been lost.  Wonderful habits we humans once had that in returning to my existing era, I would suffer their loss more acutely.  In my life years, I have enough things lost. I hesitate to lengthen my list of sadness.  

 

However for the simple reason of the way women were treated, the past does not appeal to me at all.  To witness, women being looked upon as children, inferior to males, who in having emotions needed to be ruled by a man,  I don’t think so!  That on a male relative’s whim I could be committed to an insane asylum or that it was not possible for me to go to university because that privilege was set aside for my brother, would enrage me into some murderous act.  Just the thought of this raises my blood pressure.  Nope, the past is not a place where I would like to visit.

 

And the future?  Do I really want to know that the negative forces I observe have taken hold and perhaps have made a wasteland of this earth?  Presently, harboring hope that consciousness heightening is happening and this enlightenment will save us from our unconscious habits that threaten to destroy humanity’s home, keeps me content to be right where I am.  Do I want to know that in fact we have destroyed each other?  I think not.

 

But what if the future is wonderful?  Wouldn’t a visit determining how humanity has changed, offer a pleasant experience?

 

Maybe.  However, my mind suffers me enough without proof of wonderful or wasteland.

 

For in returning, if it was wonderful, I would have a new longing to suffer.  I would now have the truth of how wonderful it could be but isn’t.  I would be stuck in this existence yearning for what is in the future.

 

So, would I rather visit the past or the future? 

 

I am not interested in either.  

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Comments (19)

  1. RRoe

    Hmm. For me it is not so complicated … I love adventure and I am willing the pain that may go with it. Since, I see the adventure of the future as being more wondrous than the past which I can at least read about … visiting the future is my choice. I live most of my life that way … waiting for the next adventure and then reliving them in my head. And what would I expect the biggest adventure in this future … meeting some marvelous lady and getting to know her … and love her. I still am a romantic at heart and changing the scene doesn’t change things all that much, I’m guessing.

    I see a lot of fear in both of your choices … perhaps fear and anger? Even in that I see an adventure … getting to know you would be one hell of an adventure. You have such a wonderful mind and yet you struggle against yourself it seems to me, my friend. I would love to know the puzzle of you that from where I sit is intriguing but very mystifying. I digress as usual. Or perhaps, I am just returning to my central theme in life …

    April 12, 2016
    1. greunie

      My write is based on the contentment of being sensually engaged with whatever this minute. I am more interested in the sensual passion of the present moment. Anger? Yes, for sure, temporarily as I think on injustice. In the past, women were and still are (in more places than I like to count) dominated by men’s weakness, their need for power. Fear? Yes, for sure, again temporarily. I see humanity on a course to obliterate each other because of their fear of one another but at the same time, I have hope that they will learn that all they have is each other. Nevertheless, I let both go since wasting time in either fear or hope is futile. I would rather be relishing my senses in the present moment. Wondering, though, what is your central theme of life?

      April 12, 2016
  2. RRoe

    My central theme, if there is one, would be learning, growing, seeking adventure and romance. Except for the learning part, having fun and enjoying life is probably my central theme. The learning just helps me clarify what is fun for me and is in itself fun for me. Making a difference in the world is satisfying (a peaceful kind of fun).

    I enjoy meditation, but I also enjoy creating stories, plots, poems, what-if’s, in my head. I enjoy living in the present moment sometimes and sometimes I enjoy losing myself in the wanderings of my imagination.

    I have another friend, a guy named Brian, that loves living in the present moment as you do, to avoid life’s pain. It is like a religion to him and he will not talk about politics, or social issues, or sex, or many other subjects. My religion is much less confining … just trying to live by my values. I am not much one to fear or avoid pain that comes with living. My attitudes, understanding and religion more or less minimize the pain.

    That’s my best shot I have at answering your question …

    April 12, 2016
    1. greunie

      Unlike Brian’s take, meditation for me is not about avoiding life’s pain but rather not making stories to dramatize reality. It is more about facing life as it comes rather than fearing or hoping what will be. My dedication is to feel every second sensually. My imagination is still active and helpful. I think we have different understandings of what the discipline meditation offers. But that’s okay, I am sure you are satisfied with your understanding as I am content with mine. Thanks for detailing your central theme.

      April 12, 2016
      1. RRoe

        I would like to melt your sensibities with a gentle kiss on your lips.

        April 12, 2016
        1. greunie

          I thought and thought how I would answer and then thought about it some more. What a wascally wabbit you are!

          April 12, 2016
          1. RRoe

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    1. greunie

      How can you be done with what’s ahead? I don’t understand.

      April 12, 2016
      1. pets

        I mean since I know hat the world is going to be a hard of me il go back in time

        April 12, 2016
        1. greunie

          I understand now. Thank you for explaining that to me.

          April 12, 2016
          1. pets

            see I was more than happy too

            April 12, 2016
  4. tulakrystal

    That is great.

    April 12, 2016
    1. greunie

      Hello you…

      April 13, 2016
  5. vcreyna

    truly, for in great knowledge is great sorrow, I agree with you but I would prefer visiting tomorrow and come back with a glint of hope for what’s to come – bad or good, the fact that there was something to visit is enough to comfort me. Dang. I feel shallower now. haha

    April 13, 2016
    1. greunie

      Shallow? Hardly! Thank you for your comment, it was thoughtful and interesting. In response, nevertheless, if there is something to visit, all and well, with this I agree. However, the knowledge I choose not to sorrow about is that there is no guarantee that in this something to visit, we will be there.

      April 13, 2016
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    1. greunie

      I agree. What is important, as you offer in your comment, is being in our present selves and making the most of it, whilst it’s here, and neither in the past or future. Well said.

      April 14, 2016
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  8. cliched

    I’d like to live in the past but I follow your reasons
    I’d like to relive the past just to change it a little
    I also realize how selfish that sounds.

    April 14, 2016
    1. greunie

      I am wondering why you think it sounds selfish since I don’t sense this at all in your words. I have wished to go back to certain times in life and undone a moment where my choice caused harm in my beloveds, especially in my children. But since the imagination game was 100 years ago or 100 years from now, neither of them were appealing. However, that said, the past is our learning curve revealed. We do our best with what we know at any given time and we can’t know something until after we have learnt it. In other words, how can we learn without going or doing wrong … how can we find right? In retrospect we lament our ignorance but how else can it be? We do our best and invariably, we know better in hindsight… but hindsight can not come before the fact. And as it has been said, That’s the truth! Hope you are well.

      April 14, 2016
      1. cliched

        How you’ve described learning is the part that I understand. Makes perfect sense.
        The selfish part comes in when I would go back a portion in time if ever given the chance and change something. I’d give no heed to the fact that whats transpired since is probably important to people and if I changed something with would change things for everyone else too. But I don;t care enough about that fact to not do it. Eh. Still feel the way I do.
        I’m pretty well, ya. Hope you are too

        April 15, 2016
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