If you could live in any age in history…
Which one will it be?
Right here, right now.
Angsty heart-searching over.
No but, seriously, apparently this is a legitimate question. I’ve seen and heard it asked so many times. Which means it needs a proper answer, not a smart-aleck answer.
So I don’t want live in any other age than the current one. Why would I dream of time-travelling? I don’t know what the future holds and I don’t want to go there any faster I’m already going. I’ll wait until I get there.
But as little as I don’t want to travel to the future, I want to go to the past even less. Why would I want to go back to an age when there was even less freedom and equality than there is now? Why would I want to go to an age when my skin colour would have been a hassle? A hundred years ago my colour would have been a nuisance; three hundred or more it would have been a legitimate problem.
But, besides the past giving me problems for who I am, I have other reasons. I love modern technology too much to live in an age without it. I love the internet and cell phones. Sometimes I complain a lot, but it doesn’t mean anything. I don’t want to learn to live without these things again. Modern medicine is great, so is modern transport. Do you realise how much the quality of life has improved?
What is this age called anyway? We’ve had the Age of Imagination, the Age of Reason, the Age of this and that. What is this? The Age of Space Exploration? Or does an age only get a name once it’s over?
I will call it the Age of Space Exploration. Science is great and technology is great. We need those for space exploration. I want to know what’s out there. In coming years I want to be right here to be part of it. I want to be here when the New Horizons space probe reaches its destination. I want the answers about space that were refused me as a child because we didn’t have answers. Now we potentially do and I want to know what they are. I can’t do that from the past.
With all these reasons for living in this age can you see why I really just want to give a four-word answer? Or maybe a one-sentence answer: I don’t want to live a life without the fight for equality, modern technology, antibiotics and answers about the universe. As I could not have these things in the past and do not know if they will be present in the future, I’m perfectly happy to live right now. Am I the only one who feels this way? Because sometimes it seems to be.
PS. I recently downloaded WordPress’s 365 writing prompts so you can expect more posts like this one. But not on the dates they were meant for according to the guide. That’s not my style.