This question caught my attention today: “Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why?”
My choice would definitely be “anywhere doors”. If I had them right now, I would open them and find myself on a beautiful island somewhere in Indonesia or the Pacific Ocean, or maybe in Cairo at my friend’s house, or in Bosnia helping people clean their homes after the floods. And when I would feel like escaping this world, the doors would take me to a dreamland, like Narnia. As a child, I wanted to have a closet just like Lucy …
I don’t need the time machine, because I think the past must remain in the past, and the future will come eventually. The past helped me become a person I am today. Sure, it would be nice to visit the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, or to return to your childhood. However, you have to learn how to live and enjoy the present moment.
Why not the invisible helmet? Though it sounds tempting, it could actually make you feel bad and complicate your life. Do you really want to see what someone is doing behind your back? It could only hurt you, and what do you make of that information? Learn how to recognize the good people in your life and let go of the bad ones. Sure, it would be fun to sneak into some places you have no access to now, but frankly, I am not interested in other people’s lives. The only purpose I see in having an invisible helmet would be to help reveal the secrets corporations, governments and politicians are covering up to people. If the helmet would help me change some things in that respect, to make a better future for all of us, then I’d consider it. But actually, you would need the anywhere door to make it. 😉