“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay. Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Paul McCartney & John Lennon

“No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of worry can change the future.”


“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”

Victor Hugo

In Showtime’s series, “Outlander”, British combat nurse Claire Randall finds herself mysteriously transported from the year 1945 back to 1743 Scotland. She eventually finds purpose, love, and a future…in the past.

Doc Brown executes the ultimate hack to a DeLorean, transforming it into a time machine, sweeping both he and 17-year-old Marty McFly 30 years into the past in 1985’s “Back to the Future”. Subsequent sequels took them back to the future additional times to correct the calamities caused to the future by their trips into the past.

In a slightly different time-travel scenario, a teenage girl makes a wish and finds herself waking up in the body of a 30-year-old in 2004’s “13 Going on 30”. Jennifer Garner plays the child in an adult’s body with humor and charm, working to reconcile friendships she’d neglected while working in a job she has no idea how to do. Oh yeah…and then there’s the “Thriller” dance.

Today we’re contemplating the concept of traveling from the present time to either the past or the future.

If you could choose only one direction, would you choose to revisit the past to see a long departed loved one, witness some amazing historical event, or perhaps change the course of the future? Conversely, would access to a crystal ball to the future be more in line with what you’d gravitate to? The possibility of knowing what is to come (those lottery numbers!), while also dealing with events that come to pass that are better off not knowing.

Before you vote, here are some fascinating facts about the past and the future:

  • Gender-based baby colors (blue/pink) was invented by clothing manufacturers so kids wouldn’t share, therefore increasing sales. The colors were originally inverted (boys/pink and girls/blue)
  • In the future, your technology will know you
  • In the battle of Pelusium (525 BC), Persians used cats as shields because Egyptians were forbidden to kill cats
  • Time is the 4th Dimension
  • Yoda was a common figure in medieval imagery
  • Time travel to the future is called precognition (see “Minority Report”)
  • In ancient Asia, death by elephant was a popular form of execution
  • A wing commander enters a parallel dimension during a flight
  • A singing birthday card has more computer power in it than the entire allied army in WWII
  • Journalists claim to have experienced the Bombing of Hamburg 11 years earlier

With those thoughts in mind, “This…or That?” this week will unscientifically determine whether we gravitate more toward the past or toward the future when it comes to time travel.

While you consider your decision, watch a few videos that thematically deal with both the future and the past:

You simply choose your favorite and review the results below.

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