PART II :
Time travel 101: Now is now. Here is here . Everything else is theoretical bullshit until it’s not anymore.
So, why am I here now ? or should I say, “Why am I now here? “. That’s sort of complicated to answer because there is usually more than one of “me” here and I could have any number of agendas. At any given point there may be a dozen or so of “me” between the years 1997 and 2019 although I mostly live and work in 2089 as a scientist and defender of the Nile State. My primary purpose for traveling to this current era is to manage the acquisition of natural resources necessary for Light Travel, the most important of which is copper. By the year 2083 all of the Earth’s copper has been depleted.
I have convinced several thousand people from your era to acquire it for me. I pay them , no questions asked (most of the time). Some people have gone to unimaginable lengths to get it for me, and I’m not very proud of that. It can get downright dangerous . Even I haven’t always survived this mission. Going to your own funeral more than once is surreal to say the least. I am the 3rd sequence, second in command…ok I’m not going to get into this now, but I will say this : the sayings about “know thy self” and “being your own worst enemy” have a meaning to me that scares most people.
One of the most disturbing questions I get is : ”If you have a time machine , why do you care what happens?” Let me put it this way : if a kitten falls out of a tree and I tell you I could care less, your culture looks at me like I’m a cruel monster , but I have to hear people disregard an infinite universe of real survival-threatening possibilities, people with real, vital problems,. So when folks come up with stupid-ass questions like “If you got a time machine … why don’t you just go back and change the past ?“ You people watch too much TV.
An alternate reality is real to the people who have to live there and I owe it (what ?) to them . I’m often shocked by how cavalierly some people disregard the humans that have yet to be born.
Am I a hypocrite because I steal from your era to help mine? Natural resources and time travel make interesting bedfellows. Who is really stealing from whom?
Oddly enough, for some, it isn’t quantum mechanics, it isn’t alchemy, it isn’t the fact that I’m a time traveler from the future : some people in your era have the most difficulty wrapping their head around Africa as a world power . But most of those people are racists , a topic I had to do research on before starting this trip. The good news is you’ll eventually grow out of it. You’ll have no idea how stupid “racism” is until the aliens show up.