You’re a pretty terrible liar, Mizha. Also, when thought about logically, what an odd stereotype to have. If every single Timu could just call up and chat with the god of knowledge on a regular basis, I imagine Itsuri history would have turned out quite differently.
It’s fun to play the “What If?” game with history. What if X technology was invented by persona A instead of person B? What if Famous Battle Q was won by the other side? What if person Z had survived a particularly perilous encounter, or if a person that survived had died instead? Looking at the ripples that a single event could have made makes us realize how important even small events can be.
I was struck by this idea one day when we were teaching the class about rights. We were talking about different kinds of rights, dividing them into categories. Health and Safety, Education and Play, Basic Survival Needs, and Participation and Expression were the four groups. The kids were supposed to come up with one right they thought they had, and to place it on the board. At some point, one kid asked the teacher and I what we would have put down. I said, “I have the right to be educated the same way as everyone else in my classroom.”
I started describing to them my mother, who often told me how she wanted to be a biologist when she was growing up, but since girls in her country (at the time she was growing up) were not permitted to learn math past roughly 6th grade, that was never an option for her. As I started talking, I found myself getting inexplicably emotional. The teacher and I talked about it afterwards, and I explained, “My mother was always so bitter about that. I wondered how things might have been different, if she hadn’t been given a cause to be so angry about at such a young age. Maybe she would have been just the same, but perhaps she would have been a happier and more fulfilled person. And it made me wonder how all of our lives could have been different.”
How might your life be different, if one small thing had been changed?