Sometimes I wish I had access to a time machine, where I could pop in on Emmett now and then in his life, only for about five minutes, and offer a thought that would, perhaps, pull him back from the brink of some of the poor choices he made in his short life.
I realize he had a lot of unresolved issues that drove him into the decisions he made. Personally, I think he could have used a few years of solid psychoanalysis, in addition to a solid 12-step program.
If I did that, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here with two years’ worth of research, plugging away at the story of his life.
Not to muddy the psychological waters, but get a load of this: We may actually BE that time machine, right now.
According to this article, in Digital Journal, scientists are showing that future events are actually deciding what happens in the past. In a nutshell, in an experiment, Australian scientists were able to show that the future actually caused the past. The arrow of time, according to the article, went the other way.
Disclaimer: I don’t get quantum physics. If I did, I would have probably not changed my major from Engineering to Journalism when I was at Mississippi State University.
But, as I sit here and write Emmett’s story, I wonder if I am not actually writing his life story, if I interpret the information from the Digital Journal article correctly!
So, I sit here this morning, cup of coffee in hand, thinking, “I may be able to say something profound to him.” Or not.
But, If I could go back in time, and see him, I would have liked to met him early in his life, as a young man, maybe right out of law school, and have said this:
“If you live your life seeking other people’s approval, you’ll never truly live your life.”
Would it have made a difference? (Maybe I should write that in future tense, you know, given the latest research out of Australia.)
Whether or not it makes a difference would depend on whether he wanted to hear this or not; whether he was ready to accept the message or not.
Maybe someone exists 100 years from now, writing my life’s story, as I sit here and write Emmett’s. I wonder what he or she is trying to say to me. If so, I wonder if I will hear the message.
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