Welcome to my Time Traveller series!
I love history, from the dark depths of centuries gone past, to more recent years. So I’ve reached out to my fellow bloggers and asked if they could go back in time, when would they travel to and why?
This week I’m joined by Ross from Isablog:
I almost hate this question as there’s literally way too many options. It’s like being presented with the worlds best ice cream selection. It doesn’t matter what you pick, you’re always going to be slightly disappointed that you didn’t pick something else. It’s the paradox of choice.
Looking at Human History
The truth of the matter is most of human history is rather dark and deadly. Before selecting where I want to go I want a guarantee that I won’t be hurt in the making of this trip. Without that, I’m going to be very limited as to where I want to go. Rome? No chance. I’ll end being in with the lions. Egypt during the making of the pyramids? I’m ok. Strong chance of becoming a slave. Back to the dinosaurs? I’ve seen Jurassic Park. I know how that turns out.
With all the places and times I could visit, I know I would just end up wasting this chance. So I’m just going to go with something that we don’t know a lot about, but something I have a huge interest in. And that’s the days of early man – or people, just in case ‘man’ is now sexist.
Being Back with the Cave People
Don’t ask me exactly when I’d want to travel back to. My knowledge of when people first started becoming people is quite limited. But I’d love to go back to when we were ‘cavepeople’ and just see how they managed. Or maybe I’ll time hop and see our ancestors as they develop over time. I’m not sure that’s allowed, but if I can go back once, I don’t see why I can’t hop around. Call me a cheater, it’s fine.
I’m a strong believer in trying to live a large part of our life according to our evolution. By that, I don’t mean let’s all go live in huts and eradicate electricity. Not a chance. I’m only mildly crazy. But I do mean that we should try to add elements of it to our daily life.
Things like getting outdoors and walking, eating actual food, solving problems and imposing a certain level of struggle upon ourselves. We’re just too comfortable these days, and our brains aren’t designed for the way we currently live. Societal evolution is far quicker than physical. So getting back to how our brains think we should be living would be a great chance to help instil new habits.
Maybe I’ll learn to hunt, forage for berries, build a hut, or ultimately die when they see a stranger approaching. But either way, I’m sure I’ll be able to take something away from my time with our ancestors. Although I’ll most likely arrive home and go “I should’ve picked somewhere else.”
In fairness, there are people out there right now living like our ancestors did. I don’t need to go back to 10,000BC to find a caveman. I can just nip off to Papa New Guinea. I really wish I thought about that before writing all of the above. Damn it. Oh well, I’m not editing this and picking somewhere else. I’m a firm believer in sticking with your choices once you’ve made them. I guess I’m off to go live in a cave!
Wait. I’m not sure I’ll be able to function correctly without being able to Instagram story the entire trip. But I guess that’s the point, isn’t it?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Ross. Oh, imagine if we could go back with Instagram stories and let everyone take a look! I reckon if you were a time traveller you could be protected from any kind of injury or mauling from lions 😉 but living in a cave sounds like a good option too.
To read more from Ross, be sure to head over to his blog or look him up on social media: