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Would your future self send advice to your earlier self?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by [FnG]magnolia, 4 May 2019.

  1. [FnG]magnolia

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    The future was invented by the Romans in November 1299, probably. Three weeks later, Martin Scorsese made the popular documentary Back To The Future which examined in depth the effects and outcomes of time travel. Chief amongst the findings was that future changes have consequences on the past: in the documentary, we actually see members of the lead character's family gradually fade from a photograph! This happens in real time and is terrifying. However, the mum and dad eventually end up together after their son chooses not to get jiggy with his mum, schools his dad on how to be a man, and makes some pretty fun social commentary on the differences between the past and future. It's a hoot, 4 gold stars, well done everyone!

    Now then. A key subplot of the documentary is that the future is known and in this future the Doctor is shot to death by Libyan terrorists. The main actor tries his best to tell the Doctor this (in the past) and writes a letter telling him to not open the letter until the year 1985 and that he must take precautions. In a stunning shot, the Doctor rips the letter into pieces, explaining to our main actor (and us, the audience), that the future must remain unknown or major consequences can happen.

    Question to time travellers or those considering it: would your future self send advice to your earlier self? What would it say?
     
  2. Diddums

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    If you sit on your hand for 10 mins it feels like someone else is doing it.
     
  3. robfosters

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    Don’t drink so much and stop your mum ruining her life with stupid financial decisions.
     
  4. Scuzi

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    Oh wow. This is already the most depressing thread on the internet. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.
     
  5. d_brennen

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    Think about the question Mags. If your future self is in some way involved in flippin' time travel, I think everything has gone just great for you
     
  6. Mr^B

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    Don't read this thread.
     
  7. robfosters

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    Oh, I forgot one.

    Buy lots and lots of bitcoin.
     
  8. Thekwango

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    Yes I would. I would travel back and tell myself not to head towards the strange blue/green light. If nowt else there’d have been much less probing.
     
  9. robfosters

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    Don’t lie, you enjoyed the probing. You stared at the light in the hope that there would be lots of probing.
     
  10. adolf hamster

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    Nothing, the person i am today is the result of the life i've led. Yes i've made mistakes, hell i'm still making them. But why would i risk losing the lessons i've learnt?
     
  11. Thekwango

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    it still hurts, even after all these years :( but in truth it did end all too quickly :eek::p
     
  12. Pawnless Endgame

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    I would have told my earlier self the winning lottery numbers from various past draws :p
     
  13. G-MAN2004

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    Yes, not to join this forum.
     
  14. ivrytwr3

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    I should have killed you a long time ago, I've come to fix that mistake.

    Or Endgame spoiler. Imagine opening a letter on 24 Apr 19 and all it says is "xxxxx dies" (future me is a *****)
     
  15. LuckyBenski

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    "Stop chatting girls up and practise your craft". If I'd spent half the time I did chasing women practising guitar or studying, I'd have been in a better place earlier.
     
  16. Efour

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    Take the blue pill.
     
  17. Lopéz

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    I think my future self would write me enough advice to fill a book.
     
  18. Acme

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    It's changes in the past that affect the future. Not the other way round.

    And I'd say buy bitcoin and hold it for X years :p
     
  19. LeeUK

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    Yeah that I should have stuck in school better and learnt myself a proper trade instead of just thinking about money at the time and getting a job as soon as I left school. Now I'm still stuck in crappy dead end jobs and I can't really afford to re-train without carrying on working also.
     
  20. azazl187

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    All I can say is that if anyone was ever given that choice they would