the other day, my dear hubby was flipping through the channels and landed on one of the terminator movies. i have no idea which one because, honestly, i've never seen any of them from start to finish. still, the premise of the movie got us talking.
the point of all the movies, i believe, is that a robot from the future comes back and tries to kill the humans that, in the future, lead the resistance against the sentient machines. which, personally, i thought was silly.
first, the machines had to believe that they were in serious trouble to actually bother sending something back. and if they knew they were about to be defeated, in stead of some sort of defense tactic, they take their resources and waste in on time travel? that doesn't seem like a very logical move to me.
second, if they know who is destroying them in the future, wouldn't it be easier to go back and kill them in the hospital when they are born? as opposed to going back and trying to get a kid or adult that can actually move and fight back? i mean, that's what makes the movies fun, just not plausible, in my opinion.
my last issue is more of a personal ideal than something i have against a plot point. from my vague understanding of the movies, and from what my hubby has explained to me, in the first movie, the machines try to kill a kid. the events of that movie totally change future events, the future timeline of everything, but the machines still try to send robots back to kill these people. if they know that sending things back in time alters the future, why do they think it's a good idea to try? i would think, as machines, they wouldn't do anything they weren't sure about, or was at least statistically viable, but messing with the past could completely alter the time line to give all the future events you're trying to prevent by going back a certainty of happening.
i've thought a lot about time travel, and personally, i think it's something too dangerous to mess with. just the physical act of going back, even if a person doesn't touch anything or talk to anyone, could create a butterfly effect that would change the future completely. or create an alternate reality of future events. and if that happens, then what certainty would a traveler have that they would ever get back to their correct time? the probability of that happening, with multiple possible futures creating multiple future dimensions, makes it almost impossible.
also, on a much more personal level, i believe it wouldn't matter what the machines did or who they were able to kill in the past. if they were meant to be destroyed in the future, it would happen. because, simply put, i believe in fate. on a grand scale at least. i believe in the cosmic good, that good will triumph, that evil will always be on the margins. i believe that people are inherently good, that even though there is corruption and badness, that the good more than balances out. also, through little acts of kindness, we can still show others how wonderful this world can be, that not everyone is bad or self centered. evil and darkness will always remain, but it just helps to show how much brighter the light in this world can be. and if things are meant to be, they will happen, no matter how you change the past, you can not alter the future on a grand scale. individuals are too insignificant to alter the grand design, no matter how much we might mess things up in the here and now.
on a side note, though i believe in the unchangeable fate of the world, i do believe that people have the power to control their own destiny. or rather, everyone has a path, and they can chose to slink along and just survive, or they can work and fight and rise to meet the greatness they have inside. we, as people, can work together so that all can be lifted up to meet their full potential, we can inspire those around us. no matter our differences, we all have the common goal to make the world a better place, and it is our responsiblity to give our children hope for the future.
because no matter how dark things get, how bleak things seem, there is always hope. and if i didn't truly believe that, i would have given up a long time ago.