In Others’ Words: We All Have Time Machines …
The idea of time machines captures the imaginations of children and adults alike.
How enticing to have the chance to go visit times past and interact with history or visit times-yet-to-be and help make history.
I’ve always thought it would have been an exciting adventure to be one of the American pioneers heading west in a wagon train. Yet given the chance, would I enter a time machine and punch in mid-to late 1800s and experience the reality of that life? What about Regency England? Or maybe close my eyes and let someone else program a date in the future? No, I’ve always been more intrigued by the past than the future.
And yet, H.G. Wells states such a simple truth when he says we all have our our time machines. Memories and dreams are powerful things, aren’t they? Both are able to transport us to times and places hidden behind the veils of “the past” and “the future”. Both are able to satisfy particular longings in our hearts in a way nothing else can.
And memories — my memories, your memories — are all the more precious because they are real. Real people. Real events. And dreams? Just as precious because they are our hopes that we wrap up in hard work and determination and patience and prayer as we strive to make them come true.
In Your Words: if you had an actual time machine, would you set the dial for a trip to the future or to the past? Any specific destination? Which do you prefer: memories or dreams — or not to choose between the two?
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