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@Shiva49 (14003)
Singapore
May 26, 2016 4:05am CST
One of the fascinations for me is to wonder about the past and the future. Given a choice, I would rather go back than forward. I would like to retrace the steps for mankind to the very beginning of time. There are too many hazy and controversial areas that I want to unravel the truth but I am aware it could be possible only hereafter; so no way to educate the living here, and so the controversies could exist forever! The dead don’t want to reveal too! I am not excited about the future as much as the past. This could be because we might be able to understand more about technology that excites no doubt, but will not add to the real knowledge about how we came into being. Why and what I want to know about the past? They are how we first set foot here, who brought us here, about our different beliefs and the evolutionary process. It is sort of connecting the dots. I do not think science by itself can help in the process. And our Creator will not show His hand but then how to bypass Him? There should be a way through our good intentions. What do you think about this timeless issue that intrigues us?
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
26 May 16
Nah, I for one I am not genuinely interested. Agreed, there are times when there is a keen interest to know how things have shaped up to what they are as of today, but going back, living and trying to find out about them... no. Also at times, I feel I should know how it felt being in one of the situations for example - live to find out how people were and lived through during World Wars or maybe during the other ancient times. but I do not want to get into the future either. Past yes, but not for the sake of finding out how instead for the sake of peace of mind. If I have to go back and relive, I would go back to my year of birth and start living again. Not beyond that.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
26 May 16
I myself do not want to relive those days but want to have a bird's eye view of the reality of those days. I am more keen to observe what shaped our beliefs and the key persons role in them. It is quite a while since a new belief has caught on and what we have is passed down from centuries ago. Then the various interpretations that sometimes contradict each other. We do not have to live again those time but I want to observe what really happened. World Wars and others like plague are not in my list either. I only want to observe, understand the truth as I believe there are lots of exaggerations and misinterpretations on what really happened. We all need to know I feel - siva
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
26 May 16
@Shiva49 Ah, I get the picture better now. Yes, that is definitely going to be interesting. But sadly, when you arrive back to the present day, and as you have the first hand experience, I also believe that there will be no takers to understand you. We have become so very confined and limited to what they have been preaching us, that it makes us uncomfortable if any of our beliefs is shaken. I am pretty sure, when you will be in the past, you will find that most of what we have been told is not the way it happened.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
26 May 16
@thesids Thanks, I am sure the reality was different from what we have been led to believe. Most are hearsay and second hand information giving in to exaggerations. Human nature has not changed much. I would say our beliefs cannot change our basic nature. Few everywhere are greedy and selfish while the majority let them have their way due to their magnanimity. I do not mind whether there are takers but I just want to know and if possible let others know - maybe,I may have some digital video and CCTV footage to back up but then again they can say it is photoshopped! siva
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
26 May 16
I am not that interested in finding out about the past as everything we think we know seems to be disproved lately so I doubt we will ever be able to learn about the past. I would instead look ahead to the future.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
26 May 16
My point is to know the reality and truth as what is passed on is contradictory, so I would like to know the truth and the whole truth without second hand interpretations. I need not be alive those days but to be able to understand by sort of time travel. As for future, I am not that keen as I feel the life I grew up living has changed. Though technology is a boon I feel we are becoming less human - siva
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@Daljinder (22183)
• India
26 May 16
I want to go into the past too. I want to witness history with my eyes rather read it through interpretations of others. I feel those texts are influenced by personal opinions of the writer.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
26 May 16
That is my point too and I hope we all have a chance to do that even hereafter. The history we read has been written by the victors and obviously colored by their interpretations. And also for beliefs, as we know people were more naive those times with word of mouth playing a big part. Even today magicians pull great acts like David Copperfield walking through the Great Wall of China but we tend to dismiss such acts as magic with props et al. Had some performed such centuries ago, that person would have been elevated sky high. Future is not my concern as everything is recorded by CCTV to an extent one actress said she is afraid to check even into a five star hotel! siva
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@Daljinder (22183)
• India
26 May 16
@Shiva49 Not intending to start any religious debates or something, but I have to say that witnessing the events depicted in Holy Books, other famous religious texts, would have helped end the disputes to a great extent.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
26 May 16
@Daljinder Yes, truth is a major casualty as per me. The truth and nothing but the truth will clear the air but then nothing is beyond the machinations of few. But at least the majority is spared when truth outshines falsehood - siva
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@Macarrosel (7540)
• Philippines
26 May 16
All I want to know how man and a woman were created that's why I want to go back to the past when a man an a woman first created.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
26 May 16
Yeah, we should all know the basics and since we have the urge and curiosity, we should know though may not while here. Then we would realize our folly when we know that the source of our being is the same. We were carried away by ego, pride and self-righteousness - siva
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@crossbones27 (21403)
• Redlands, California
2 Jun 16
I think some people you could pull by the ear so they could see with their own eyes and they would still say they saw something else. I do agree with you also and say the past seems more interesting than the future. I think we are to populated now and it is making people crazier than they already were. I think if people do survive for thousands of years more that evolution is really going to make them into bigger monsters. Instead of just destroying a planet they will probably be destroying the solar system. I only say that because I always thought people would get better as I got older. Some areas they have, but for the most part they seem worse than when I was a kid.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
2 Jun 16
I read today that we will see more changes in our lifestyle in the next twenty years than the past 300 years! But are we really progressing? We tell our kids touching fairy tales, but they soon have to live in a hypocrisy filled adult world. The destructive tendencies not only show no respite but with more potent weapons of mass destruction we can even kill many times more. I want to know the reality behind our religions and the real meaning as expounded. Lots are told,retold, interpreted and misinterpreted. And god is drawn into it as if there are many of them competing with each other. I would like the real God to set at rest all these controversies once and for all! I would also like to understand why these controversies and who created them, the master minds. We cannot go on forever based on hearsay - siva
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• Redlands, California
2 Jun 16
@Shiva49 We are progressing, but that does not mean for the better. We sure can make some cool things, but sure seems to make things more unstable than stable. The cost to keep this type of lifestyle going seems like it is going to catch up to us one day. I think everyone created the controversies of religion just by having different belief systems. We had to compete to survive and that has just been embedded in us since the beginning in everything we do. That is why no one will admit they are wrong anymore. It is indeed driving people mad. With all the cool things we can make. You figure we would teach each other, but we really do not. We teach people to compete so that we can blow our competition out of the water. Instead of working with everyone to make lives better as a whole. That is why we will never solve world hunger and there always will be poverty. Well, unless our mindsets as a species changes.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
3 Jun 16
@crossbones27 We have to face the classic duality in creation head-on and use it to benefit us. Now few use progress to destroy indiscriminately. They live like a fish out of water. I take technology with a pinch of salt as we are becoming less human. We know the cost of everything at fingertips but the value of nothing. We discard at a faster pace in the name of technology. I wonder what democracy means to the poor especially in poorer countries. They go through the rigmarole of elections every few years and then forgotten. They elect the best from the worst list as the good have no place in politics. And then wily politicians divide the common folks into various permutations and combinations. The boss remains the same - the entrenched interests with their agenda that have a chokehold over the whole setup. We need a breath of fresh air to liberate the majority even in democracies! siva
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• Xian, China
29 May 16
Well, as a Chinese, I know there are so many things in the long history still remain unknown or controversial. Our current knowledge about the events that happened long ago is limited or, maybe, untrue. So it will be a good thing to go back to get the first hand experience for the sake of putting the real ways how the great country have developed during the past thousands of years in sight. It can be so interesting and significant.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
29 May 16
Well, I understand where you come from. Some are afraid of the truth of history but that cannot lay hidden all the time. There are many interpretations of what really happened but I think truth and reality are the casualties. It is better to have open debate at every level to satisfy our conscience but at the same time to carry on life without living in the past. I admire your achievements during the last few decades and that is driven by pride for the nation. I wish some democratic countries can also learn to function effectively from you so that the majority benefits - siva
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• Xian, China
29 May 16
@Shiva49 We do achieve a lot, but many tough problems have also appeared as the development of society. So, have you been to China?
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
29 May 16
@transcendent Not yet, but I hope to do so in the near future. I am aware of the issues that you face. The country has become rich I recall Hillary Clinton's words when asked why America is treating China with respect. "You cannot argue with your banker" - that says it all! Many are becoming very rich and that gets into the head of society in general. Money is all that matters and that is not communism! The world is better off if the big powers work together. When elephants fight, others die first - siva
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@mavlana (1026)
• India
29 May 16
In my case, m neither interested in history nor in mystery.I am where,I am..simple.Far more knowledge is concerned. .it is calamity, if you really want to know. .try intelligence.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
29 May 16
I understand what you mean - live the present moments without being bothered about the past or the future. But for most the past and future remain in their thoughts. My point was what has been handed down has to be taken with a pinch of salt as they are contradictory and create strife within society. I do understand we may never know the reality of those times - siva
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@mavlana (1026)
• India
29 May 16
@Shiva49 One can understand future or past only if one can understand what present is.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
29 May 16
@mavlana At least in the present we have a better view and understanding but not when we were not alive. It is all passed down and with contradictions, so we cannot compare those times with the present - siva
@ptrikha_2 (10341)
• India
27 May 16
I too like to know about past- historical events, ancient people, their living and rituals. I liked the history chapters describing the four concurrent ancient civilizations of Indus Valley, Chinese civilization, Mesopotamia and Egypt. I also read about Cro-magnon man, Neanderthels, Australopithecus and pre-historical man scientific discoveries. I even started a fictional story on Wikinut last year November which would have seen future travel as well as travel to the time when mankind originated along with lots of suspense and action, but lost interest when Wikinut went a non-paying site. I would still like to revive that writing "project".
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
27 May 16
I feel we miss something and our life is incomplete without knowing our origins. There should be some way to go back and even forward like through time travel. We have dreams taking us to strange lands where we communicate without language. My main issue is the contentious multiple belief systems with different gods. Do they have some basis or just blind beliefs that pit one against another though it is crystal clear we are from the same source with similar feelings and failings. I think you should also pursue your research to satisfy your inner urge. We are scratching the surface of what life is and whatever we take for granted is being disproved over time. Even thinking about all the possibilities will keep the spirit of inquiry alive. Online sites are one platform as indeed is the internet. I feel just repeating the same old ways may not reach us anywhere. We have to think out of the box to reach a higher level of understanding - siva
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@ptrikha_2 (10341)
• India
3 Jun 16
@Shiva49 True, I also feel that we human beings also need to alter our lifestyles instead of getting everything into "standardized" and "robotic" ways.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
27 May 16
I just read and understand what happened in the past.
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@Shiva49 (14003)
• Singapore
28 May 16
Yes, that is all we can do for now - siva
@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
27 May 16
I would be interested to go back in time to see how things really were. What we know of history, especially the really ancient times, is only what the person writing about it saw and felt. That includes the bible and other holy books. They say they are the word of god, but how do they know? They were only men writing how they saw things.
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