A Historic Exercise

This is something that I do every now and again when I’m bored, or when I need something for mind to do instead of obsessing about my problem-of-the-moment.  Sometimes I find myself doing it when I’m frustrated with what our leaders are (or are not) doing.

It’s an interesting exercise, and there is no right or wrong answer. I plan to do it with Josh when he’s old enough to ‘get it’, and I’m putting it out there for you guys now, in the hopes that it will spur an interesting conversation.

It’s pretty simple, really… Just answer the following questions, within the parameters given.

You are given the assignment to travel back in time, and change one thing in History. Where do you go? What do you change and why? How do you think things would be, present-day, if you did change that one thing?

Would you keep Jesus from dying on the Cross? Cause Hitler to stay in jail and die there, thereby thwarting his rise to power? Change Amelia Earhart’s flight plan, so she didn’t vanish? Maybe you’d sit in on the writing of the Constitution, and add, clarify, or block a provision?

And no fair saying “I wouldn’t change anything.”

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18 Responses to A Historic Exercise

  1. SKL says:

    Well, I’m sure my answer to this would change depending on when it was asked. But yes, it sounds like a fun exercise. For today, let’s say I’d stop whatever series of events led to the “witch” burning, etc. of the dark ages. I think there was a lot of knowledge and philosopy lost due to fear and ignorance. In recent decades people are just starting to re-discover some of it. What would the world be like if alternative philosophies, medicines, etc. had just developed alongside other industries? Would we be more tolerant, intellectual, collaborative? Would we take a more holistic and efficient approach to wellness? Or would the world have imploded as folks thought at the time?

    • Laura says:

      You’re right, SKL…. the answer changes ALL the time. Some days I think back to the last time I ‘played’, and think, “no WAY would I mess with that!!” because I think of a ramification, days later, that I never considered the first time around. It’s the game that keeps on giving.

    • mssc54 says:

      See that’s what I think the biggest problem with Christianity today. God gets all the credit/blame for all the abhorent behavior

      • SKL says:

        I think it had more to do with plain old fear than anything else. (Well, fear exploited by a few people with an agenda, most likely.)

        If you think about it, Jesus was killed for some of the same reasons, just in a different time and place. I mean, Luke was a physician and look how he described Jesus’ healing methods.

  2. mssc54 says:

    No I wouldn’t keep Jesus from the Cross.

    I would keep Hitler locked away. Perhaps one or two of those gassed millions could have made a difference in the Palestenian/Jewish problem.

    For all I know Amelia and Elvis are living a life of luxory on a remote island. So just let Amelia be Amelia.

    I may sit in on writing the constitution. “What can we do to REALLY emphasize the importamce of seperating the Federal Govrrnment’s intrusion on States rights?”

  3. SKL says:

    What if the Russians had landed on the moon first? What if the Germans had developed the Bomb first? What if Ben Franklin didn’t speak French?

  4. Nikki says:

    Great exercise for the mind, however it’s too early. I need more coffee, so I’ll be back. 😉 I can play this with Bailey and Jason, they are both History buffs.

  5. Joy says:

    I don’t think I’d keep Jesus from dying on the cross because that’s so much of what Jesus was about and it’s too big in Christianity.

    I’d keep Hitler in jail. This subject is too deep to get into.

    I’ve always been very fascinated with both Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh but other than to have not wished her dead, she didn’t do anything (in my opinion) that would have changed anything drastic that happened in history. I do really love her story though and would have liked her to have been found alive. I also love what mssc said about her and Elvis. Very cute dream.

    Oh goodness! The Constitution. I’d love to be sitting in the room to go over that baby. I think for the most part the forefathers got it right but times have changed somewhat and we’re so much more populated now that I do feel a very things need to be “tweaked.” Not necessarily changed but tweaked.

    This was fun. I’ll try and think of some more.

  6. Nikki says:

    I’d keep Hitler in jail, no doubt.

    I haven’t had the best day, so I can’t put too much thought into anything right now. Sorry.

  7. Laura says:

    I’ve often thought I’d go back to the Constitunal Congress and say, “um… that one about ‘keep and bear arms’ and ‘a well-regulated militia’? Yeah, your going to want to make that a little MORE clear. You have NO IDEA how confused that wording is going to be to the idiots who come after you…”

  8. Phyllis says:

    This is a really difficult question to answer. No, I most definitely would not keep Jesus from the cross. Reason being His was the life lost temporarily to ensure our eternity. I most definitely would keep Hitler locked away if possible. I agree whole-heartedly with Laura’s take on clarifying the wording in the Constitution. Something a little more in-depth to prevent all the confusion that goes on. As for changing anything else, it’s really tough to see all the ramifications of what the changes might be so I’d be very, very hesitant. I tend to err on the side of caution most times.

  9. Laura says:

    Another one I thought of earlier today… what if Bartman HADN’T have touched that ball at that Cubs game a couple of years ago? Remember that? Seemed like the entire world freaked out because a fan did what fans do, and tried to catch a ball hit into foul territory.

    But the entire City of Chicago turned their vitriol on him, and blamed HIM, not the team, for losing that game, and blowing their chances at a World Series Title.

    It doesn’t have to be a big event in history… it could be any little thing. Because you never know when a little thing could become a BIG thing.

    I mean, what if he HADN’T touched that ball and the Cubs DID win the World Series? We might have World Peace right now.

  10. SKL says:

    Yeah, my grandma came from Hungary with her family when she was 4. Supposedly they were scheduled to go on the Titanic but someone in the family got sick. What if the family member hadn’t gotten sick? Well, for one thing, I probably would not be writing this right now . . . .

  11. avomnia says:

    It would seem “Hitler in jail” holds a solid consensus. Like the rest of you, I deplore everything Hitler stood for. Having said that, he could stay where he was before his rise to power if Woodrow Wilson and the Allieds hadn’t monkeyed with or broken up Europe in the way they did after WWI.

    The way it was handled completely humiliated Germany, which was one of the major keys that fueled Hitler’s desire to rise to Chancellor. I’m not saying Germany was blameless . . . Oh No! But things may have been much different had the Armistice been drawn up differently and reconstruction done more delicately.

  12. avomnia says:

    As for Jesus’s crucifixion, the way I see it that was God’s will. No human intervention would have prevented that event. If you care to stay in the Middle East, try tackling the ultimate issue of all the turmoil: the expulsion of the Egyptian slave girl Hager and her son—by Abraham—Ishmael. From that point forward one faction has sworn a blood oath to exterminate the other.

    For my money I’d secret Hager away so Abraham couldn’t sleep with her and conceive Ishmael. MAybe we’d have a lot more peace as a result.

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