I used to think time travel was impossible.
I did a lot of reading, researching, and came to the conclusion after collecting many items that may serve as flux capacitors, that lineal time travel
is impossible. There is no way with our current technology to build a time machine. It is a product of the future. Maybe. Not likely.
I've had two encounters from my future self that tells me it is real.
That is the basis for this story:
Back in the 90's, when digital was the new thing, we had an answering machine we bought for about twenty USD. It had voice-mail built-in, but with a
thirty second limit per massage, and a three by five LCD display. Physical buttons still occupied the displays. It was new, woo-hoo, and we had
I worked nine to five back then, and when I got home from work I would listen to the messages.
One day, no different from the rest, I heard a disturbing message on my answering machine. I re-played it. Again. And again.
It was a voice I didn't recognize until the thirtieth or so re-play. It was my own.
I was puzzled. The message was in my own voice, but very cryptic.
To this day, I can remember it verbatim. It said:
"/my real name/, this is Noah. I want you to start building an ark this Saturday. /pause/ I'll be in touch. /click/"
My wife at the time got home from work, and I had her listen to the mysterious message. We hit "replay" fifteen or more times, and she agreed it was
my voice on the recorder.
I knew I hadn't yet made any such recording. I had physical evidence that could be analyzed for voice patterns. It WOULD be my voice, and phone
records would show where the call was placed from. I had proof of where I was at at the time, and when the call was proven to be from a payphone
seven blocks away, the scientific community called fraud. Facts don't lie.
Sometime in the future I travel backwards in time to give myself a cryptic message. I'm still contemplating what it means, twenty years later. I
travel back, and place a phone call seven blocks away from where I was living at the time. Voice patterns matched explicitly, but no trace of who
placed the call.
The second episode I can relate to concerning the speculative nature of time travel is, one night, years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night,
and sat up abruptly. The door to the master bathroom was ajar, and there was a figure silhouetted in the dim light between my bedroom and the
bathroom. It was me.
I saw myself watching me sleep. My future self was startled, and jumped back a bit. I looked myself in the eye, and for a fleeting moment, I knew
that "time travel" was somehow possible, and the other nodded. As I watched, he reached down to his left wrist, and twisted a dial, and future me
"faded" away into the shadows.
I've often thought what you'd do if you had infinity in the palm of your hand. Or on your left wrist per this example.
Would you go back to watch yourself, and give yourself a clue? Direct violation of causality would spawn a new multi-verse, forever trapping you from
your purpose. How could you help your past self in the future?
You'd have to be VERY careful.
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