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.

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