This post is a thought bubble. The idea is not yet fully formed. It may never be. It is unlikely that my train of thought is unique or original.
How far back in mankind’s* history would you have to go to do a successful do-over that would right the wrongs of today? Not just “fix” these problems, but make sure they never actually happen. What alternate decisions should we have made?
What sliding doors did we need to close to prevent the damage we are doing to the earth?
What other path should we have chosen to prevent all the -isms which lead to wars, violence and death.
What survey questions should we have answered to prevent marginalisation, discrimination and poverty based on how you looked, and who you love?
Which box should we have picked to prevent the divide between super-rich and everyone else?
Which ancient parents should have practiced better birth control? And then, what behaviours should they have ignored so they were not encouraged?
What inventions should never have been developed?
What eureka moments should have been left in the bath?
My big three do-over steps
A few ideas come to mind.
- Humans themselves?
As I said my idea is a thought bubble but on very shallow inspection it would seem that perhaps humans should not have been invented. Every problem stems from there. I don’t see any other living things causing as many problems as we do. What about art and music and poetry and all those beautiful things we create? Not much good if we can’t breath the air or can’t stand the heat or are worried about land mines.
I’m going to leave this parked here and do some reading and find out what other people think.
*The fact I had to use that word as opposed to a non-gendered term in itself is something to do-over.
and don’t worry mum! I’m fine – just thinking out loud 🙂