Have you ever wondered what would happen if someone invented a time-travel machine which can bring us back to the past, or to the future?
On the one hand, we can travel into our past and correct every single mistake we have ever made—answer all those exam questions and achieve perfect scores; make the perfect investment decisions and make the best possible profits in any ventures; win every single football bet. In fact, there will be no possibility of making a mistake, ever. Well, OK, maybe our state Government don't really need a time-travel machine—it is aready travelling into the past right now by establishing a coal power plant in the east coast. But seriously, wouldn't it be nice to travel back to correct all our mistakes? We can go back over and over again to try out several things until we get the kind of outcomes we want.
Now on the other hand, it would also be very tempting to know what's the outcome of something if we could travel into the future. Experiments to find new cures for cancer, for example, need not wait for several decades or even centuries to actually happen. We can simply travel to the year 2500 and bring back the cure to the present time.
With the help of a time-travel machine, so many problems could be solved because when we do anything wrong, we can always do it again and again until we get it right.
Unfortunately, I foresee a major proportion of the human race would be miserable. As ridiculous as it may sound, many of us see the perfect scenario above as imperfect! We want the thrill and suspense of ignorance. When we read an interesting story book, very few of us would actually go directly to the last chapter to see the conclusion. We want to see how the story unfold; we want to follow the tide, the ups and downs in a natural flow.
Life means very little if we knew the answer to every single thing; every single problem. That will absolutely take the fun out of living. There is no more challenge in anything at all. Even if it may appear like we can live a perfect life knowing everything there is to know, the truth is that we're more alive when living a life of many little imperfections. In fact, it's those little imperfections that make life perfect!