Saturday Slant: Change History

week 23

Discuss one event in history you might change, how and why you would change it, and then trace the ramifications through to the present.

Would you prevent Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination? Perhaps you’d warn the Captain of the Titanic. Would you woo Nefertiti? Maybe you’d choose to change an event of a more personal nature, such as the historically recorded fate or actions of ancestor. Tell your readers which historical event you would change, why changing it is important to you, and what differences that change would cause upon the following timeline.

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6 Responses

  1. Lulu says:

    Mine ramifications are up!
    Lulu x :)

  2. Frida says:

    Here ya be…you’re not gonna like it though. :D

  3. Frida says:

    I said that because my answer totally evaded the question, which was worded in such a way that picking a historical event seemed compulsory [and in light of your response, I have no doubt it was worded that way deliberately]. Therefore, my “none of the above” answer was a non-answer by the parameters set forth by the wording of the question. Pedantic, I know, but I figured the other posters would take the question just as literally, pick an event, write about it, post, and then see that I totally hadn’t answered the question. I wasn’t sure I could get away with that. ;)

  4. Frida,

    On the Saturday Slant comments you stated that I wouldn’t like your Slant. I disagree; I like it very much. I feel the same way, in fact, about the lessons we learn as a species and as a culture. Despite that reality, however, we often indulge in games of What If, this is in the nature of humanity.

    Would we actually change the past? Some of us would indeed be selfish, self-centered, and myopic enough to do it, yes. Most of us, I would like to think, would recognize the value of the past and any given event upon the present.

    It was, in fact, to get people thinking along those lines and learning that lesson that I posed the question I did. Others ask what event one would change, but they offer up the possibility without responsibility. By asking (twice) in the question to follow the ramifications of the change through to present day, I was attempting to get the readers to recognize that the past is inviolable not simply by the rules of physics, but also by the nature of our existance and, as you pointed out, the lessons we must learn.

    Well said, Frida.

  5. The point of the Saturday Slant is to get your slant, your take, your unique perspective on a particular topic. A big part of the reason I created and continue to produce the Saturday Slant is because I’m a student of human nature. The Slant questions inspire (but do not force) someone to think critically and deeply. I want to see the myriad of slants out there. Answering the question the same way as everyone else is interesting to me in a sociological and psychological sense, but when someone’s slant is not the norm I find it all the more interesting. When the perspective presented is one I hadn’t anticipated, I’m enthralled.

    Your response piqued my interest. Our subsequent dialogue about it holds my attention indeed. Thank you.