Date: March 14, 2018 09:51AM
You got it right. Didn't you ever see that classic, award-winning movie (or not), "Back to the Future"? What you do when you time travel can affect whether you were even born. So if someone went back and took out Joseph's Myth, and their parents met because of the cult, you would erase yourself. That would probably take a majority of us out.
I'd be erased. I laugh every time I watch the movie "White Christmas" and when the female leads are singing a song at the end called "Gee, I Wish I Were Back in the Army," one of the lines is "a million handsome guys with longing in their eyes, and all you had to do was pick the age, the weight, the size...". My mother was an officer in the Army Nurse Corps during the Korean War and met my dad (an enlisted guy, BTW) in Tokyo. At church, of course. They married and that was the end of that independent girl who got an education, left podunk Utah and joined the Army. She has been under the controlling patriarchal thumb of that enlisted guy for 65 years since. If she hadn't thought she had to find a fellow cult member to marry, all she had to do was pick the age, the weight, the size. Surely she'd have picked a not-so-boring or controlling, already-educated officer. Although she did pretty good, at the time, in the looks department. But hey, I'm here because of it and that ain't so bad. And I wouldn't want to give up having known that guy's parents, my wonderful grandparents.
But I've always thought that if I could time travel, I'd want to go back to the early 50s and see my mother in the Army. She tells some of the funniest stories, some pretty gory ones too--she treated soldiers with traumatic brain injuries at an evac hospital. But I'd like to see her as her young, independent self. I realize more and more that at the core, we have way more in common than I ever knew.