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Heather Brosnan

Past or Future

If you could live during any one period of time, past or future, what period would you choose? Why would you choose that period, and what would you do there?

Answers (13)

  • I would choose somewhere around the year 5000 CE (3000 years from now) provided we haven't wiped ourselves out or irredeemably ecologically damaged the planet to the point where it is unsustainable to human life. I would like to see how our technology, lifespans and socio-cultural divisions have evolved over 3000 years and would like to hope we've at least extended our lifespan to somewhere around 200/250 years and moved out into at least part of our own galaxy in an enlightened and non-threatening way. However, with my luck, we'll be long dead, the Earth will be a charred rock devoid of life and hanging in space without an atmosphere.
  • If I could have gotten to experience the mid 60s through the mid 70s, and gotten to experience all that great music as it was being released, that would have been great. Another great song from the same album: https://youtu.be/JFDj3shXvco
  • Ever since I was a young girl, I've been captivated by the Tudor era in England. I would love to travel back in time to be a lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII, serving cousins Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Henry's second and fifth wives, respectively - not to lose my head! LOL!
  • I think I was born in one of the best decades. Sometimes I think it would be fun to be in the 60s/70s But really, long term, I have no great ties to any other eras other than the ones I've lived, now is good, thanks.
  • Being a Trekker, I would love to live during the 23rd century and captain a starship. I would nae it after one of the greatest African kings - Shaka Zulu!
  • I would choose the late 1800s, early 1900s. Then, you survived on your merits. You worked for everything you had and if you needed help, you had family & friends to help. Now, families are scattered to the wind and neighbors no longer make the effort to even meet, let alone know one another. Things were simple then.Family and friends were important then.
  • Let me preface this response with the following: I'm addicted to my computer. I have a BS in Software Engineering and I hate going without access to my computer for more than a couple days That being said, the Middle Ages (and earlier) are probably my favorite time period in history for several reasons. Mostly, the simplicity of life. When Plague is your biggest concern every day, at least you know what is happening. In more contemporary time frames we're conditioned to worry about every little thing from what you're eating, to who your role models are. I want to live in a time where my skills as a blacksmith/bookbinder would be akin to my skills as a programmer in need for society. I've been practicing bookbinding and forms of smithing for a little over a year now. I love it, I enjoy every aspect of it. I would love to have a job doing it - unfortunately those skills are more of an entertainment value these days rather than a lifeskill. Despite my love of technology, I would enjoy living in a time without it.
  • I will choose the past , because the future is a reflection of the past , the future is not necessarily better than the past , and if the past will return all human beings in this world will fix what became a fatal error
  • I think I'd like to live in the future, for the technology advances in medicine and other sectors. Maybe we'd develop machines with artificial consciousness, or confirm the existence of aliens. On the other hand, I hope there aren't mass extinctions and mass famine and other things like those.
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