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Thinking About This And That

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For too long, scientists and science fiction writers have had a monopoly on whether time travel into the past is possible. Going into the past has always been a phantasy, sometimes evoked by tragic events that could have been averted if one, knowing what happened, could go back and change events even if they never considered how the future they came from would be changed, a sobering thought. Going back, say to ancient Greece, to listen to the orations of Socrates, we would bring present day bacteria and diseases that have evolved and perhaps kill the vulnerable population as well as Socrates before he was able to give his discourses. What would the world look like without Socrates or ancient Greece for that matter.

This and other fundamental questions of existence feed the imagination and are as valuable to the creative nature of the soul as dreams – that place we all go to and spend time in a reality that contains recognizable symbols in illogical patterns that tap into our emotional nature. How do we interpret them? Is their meaning significant or superfluous? What about those rare dreams that are so crystal clear and logical that they feel more like a message from a divine source?

Too often, we spend so much time in our conscious lives dealing with practical issues like earning money, supporting a family, competing with others and all those things that distract us from exploring the most basic philosophical questions that relate to our existence. Why are we here? What are we supposed to do immersed in all this “stuff” we are subjected to in our daily lives? How easy it is to forget what Socrates meant when he said, “Know Thyself.”