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Random Time Travel BS

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A few weeks ago, I watched a single Wansapanataym episode about “time travel” on ABS-CBN. To those who don’t know what Wansapanataym is, it’s a TV show about different complaints from kids and their poorly thought-out wishes in response to their complaints (e.g. wishing that dessert was served throughout the day, and then having major problems in the long run). It’s a lot like Fairly Odd Parents, actually, only that it’s not funny, is not a cartoon, and appeals only to kids.So why did I watch? I honestly don’t know. I think I was bored from the lack of internet. Fucking ISP.Moving on.

The episode on that day was about…time travel at the very least. The story started with a little girl wanting to turn her life around from poverty by winning a singing contest. As she was singing, her top rival’s older sister sabotaged the protagonist’s performance, thus leading to her defeat.

I don’t know what exactly happened then, but at the point that I resumed watching this POS, the little girl met another little girl on top of an overpass. They became BFFs until they were about 18, I think.

Then, all of a sudden her disappointment at being poor pushed the story forward. She was wishing this and that, and for some reason a random genie granted her her wish: turn back time and prevent her younger self from being sabotaged.

And so she went back in time to save herself. When she came back to the present, her house looked extremely different. Her house turned from one giant pile of crap into a fucking mansion. Holy shit did her wish come true.

Did you miss something?

Her BFF. Turns out, her BFF’s weird presence on top of an overpass can only be attributed to one thing: suicide. Soo…yeah. In this alternate reality her bestfriend is already dead. When she won, she never bothered to check up on her disturbed future-friend.

BUT…

Assuming you were Miss IWantToWinSoBadly and that you weren’t tangled by the grandfather paradox, would you know that that girl even existed? I mean, if you were never to experience the defeat-infested reality?

Personally, though, all of these doesn’t matter. If you have the memories from the alternate timeline, you’d still want to go back if there’s something back there you can’t let go. If you don’t, it’d be as if…nothing happened – aka you never knew you jumped from one dimension to another. God I suck at explaining.

Now here’s my take on the phrase “Everything happens for a reason”.

It also doesn’t matter!

To make it simpler to understand why, let me relate it to Wansapanataym’s example:

Condition A / You lost – You met your best friend. At this point, you can now say “everything happens for a reason”.

Condition B / You won – You’re rich OMG this was destined. At this point, you can now say “everything happens for a reason”.

You can’t say what is to happen in another timeline, so all you can say is that cliche used over and over again.

It doesn’t matter. At some point, unavoidable things are to happen. I’m not a fatalist, just to be clear.  What I’m saying is this: it happened. Get over it. There are a fuckload more events in life where you have the chance to make better decisions.

Summary of everything:

  • Time travel is pointless.
  • Stop saying everything happens for a reason because OF COURSE IT DOES.
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Written by kpbotbot

January 15, 2013 at 3:08 am

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