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Well, that escalated quickly.

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Cory and I were watching an episode of Star Trek: TNG and Captain Picard said “Make now the most important time.” Cory took that as a variation of “Don’t leave tomorrow what you can do today,” but I’ve been thinking about it in a different way. More that now IS the most important time, and now is the moment I’m meant to live, and is the best time for me to exist.

I’ve known people that felt they were born in the wrong time, but today I had this sudden wave of gratitude that I exist in this time. There are so few places in history where a person like me would fit. A woman? Learning science? Owning a business? And property? GOOD LORD, SHE’S READING TOO! Not only that, but the technology and freedom of the internet makes so many things possible. The fact that I can connect to you, my reader, is a miracle all on its own. How incredible is that? There’s no editor, producer, marketer, or other gate-keeper between you and me. The only barrier between us communicating is the click of a button. Even twenty years ago, that was impossible.

It just seems like now is the perfect time. The exact time where it is within my grasp, if I’m dedicated and determined, to one day support myself on stories alone. I’m not there yet, and probably won’t be for years to come, but just the fact that it is possible is remarkable.

How about you? Are you in the right time period, or were you born in the wrong time?

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I have met people that wouldn’t mind living much earlier (even 2,000 years), but I have never wanted too. Mostly because I am a female that is into science and doesn’t really want to have children. Even back in the 1940’s that was not as common. It is interesting when other people don’t understand why I wouldn’t want to go back to that time period. I am very grateful for the freedom I have in this day and age though.

As a fellow woman-in-the-sciences, I can definitely relate. Even now, it’s not as equal as I wish it was. I went for Mechanical Engineering, which has a grand total of 12% women nationally. Yay? You’d never know it was even that much based on the office I work. Most of the women there are secretaries. Still, I have remarkable freedom and respect, despite my gender, compared to even ten years ago. I’m excited to see how the world will continue to change as I get older. Perhaps if I ever have a daughter, I will marvel at the opportunities she has compared to the ones I do!

Holy crap, I didn’t see that coming!

And, hmm, am I in the right time? I always feel like the now-me would be perfect for 5-10 years ago; perpetual chrono-displacement. I’ve come to accept it, though, and I think my kids are bringing now-me and now more in sync, because I’m doing a good job with them. 🙂

That’s fascinating! I’ve heard people talk about the wrong century, but never a time period as short as 5-10 years. How come?

And I’ve often thought children were a means for adults to reconnect with the now. It seems as one gets older the mind becomes more and more preoccupied with the past and future. We can often loose track of the importance of the current moment, but that’s where kids live. A year from now is an impossible distance for a child, no matter how second-nature it is for the parent to think about those “what ifs”.

Or… you could banish them. Man, that did escalate quickly!

If I could live in say, the Middle Ages, or maybe the 20s, but still have modern conveniences, that would be great.
No, I like other times, but I’m good in the here and now. Every time has its good and bad, and when you wish to live in another time, you tend to just think of the good. Life has suffering no matter when you live.
And we have the power to shape the future. If you went back in time you would have to constantly worry about not changing history. 🙂

Ah, but if you banish them, they live to tell others the secret. And Dream Eater finds out. Banishment only guarantees that the tribe will be exposed.

What about the Middle Ages (with modern amenities) appeals to you?

I’ve always been a fantasy girl. I don’t know. How they lived then is so different than how we live now. Different cultures fascinate me. And I’ve read so much fantasy that that is my default time period to visit?
I have an unsharpened sword hanging on my bedroom wall.

I wouldn’t want to live at any point in history, not really, but I really, really wish I could live in the future. Now is just as crappy as history, just in its own special ways. At least if I got transported to the future, I’d be too busy getting a handle on things to spend too much time noticing all its problems.

I can see the appeal of the future, but I think I’d expect too much of it and probably be disappointed. Who knows? Maybe it would be so changed that what I’d think of as progressive would be backwards to them. I’d end up the crazy aunt from 2013 that nobody likes to talk about because her views are so bigoted. 😉

I guess now I understand why Kali immediately went from “leaving the village” to “EVERYONE DIES HORRIBLY.”

I do like living now. A lot of people seem to think the push for equal rights (in whatever area you choose) is over, but it never is. However, I do think we’re on the cusp of something really interesting, and I hope to see that promise fulfilled.

It takes a village to raise a child…in this case, the village is mostly populated by people that jump to the worst case scenario and act accordingly. OUTSIDERS. BURN THEM.

I think respect for the differences between humans is a fundamental struggle that defines our species. For survival, we want stability. We want to believe in a world where everything is the same and nothing changes, because if we have food, shelter, and mating pairs NOW then that’s good and it should STAY that way. Anything different is a threat to that survival mode. Whether that’s in the people we meet, the resources we have, or the world we live in. As we get farther and farther away from the concerns of survival, there’s more and more opportunity to question the “different is bad” concept. In many ways, respecting one another is both fundamental for society to form, but also a luxury of the formation of society.

Little do they know that Zhiro didn’t wait for the full moon, so it’s already too late! Ahahahaha! 😀

As for today’s question: I think the past is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Objectively life is only getting better and better, so the past would only have more work and hardship to offer. And while I suspect that I might be the kind of person who needs hardship in order to thrive, I wouldn’t want to put that little theory to the test.

And what they don’t know can’t hurt them. It will just hurt everyone around them as they desperately try to prevent the thing that they don’t know about.

I think hardship can be found everywhere. It just comes in different flavors. Sooner or later, all of us will face it. Some seem universal regardless of your time, and others are unique to the present. Still, I would rather face the hardships of today than the hardships of the past. Like you said: Nice to visit, wouldn’t want to stay.

Sooo… The Timu villagers are hiding from mysteries/ gods here in desert hills?

The mysteries are part of Vision’s pantheon (at least, that’s how the Visionaries would tell it) so if the mysteries find out about this tribe of pagans, it’s a sure bet that the worshipers of Vision would learn of them too. And, perhaps, make efforts to “convert” them.

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