Monday, September 7, 2015

Dominoes

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What if...
It is the “What-Ifs” that make me wonder and speculate about different roads created and taken, people born or died or never existed at all—so many “what ifs”.

What if….

…there had been no slavery and Africa was left to develop on its own?

…all treaties made by the federal government to the First Nation had been honored?

…Hitler had never been born? Or, at least, had been born in a remote part of Iceland?

…the Irish Potato Famine had not happened?  Or, if the English government had intervened to help?  Or, if America had intervened?

…Napoleon had fallen off his horse early in his career and suffered a disabling injury?

…you or I had decided a different path in our teen years?


Really, it is a game of dominoes.  Lay the tiles one way or another.  And then stand them up, give a push….then watch all fall.

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29 comments:

  1. Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, we're shaped in so many different ways by parents, siblings and even superheroes, lol

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    1. With so many futuristic movies (Insurrection, Oblivion..) where the future is drastically changed by decisions, the What If question occurred to me.

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  2. What if Hitler had been taken out in a movie theater just like in Inglorious Basterds?
    I think the scariest for me would be what if I'd never accepted Jesus. Followed by what if I'd never met my wife.

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    1. What if I had never accepted Jesus, gone to a dif. university, never met my husband....those, too, are the scariest for me.

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  3. Great things to ponder on indeed. Greetings!

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    1. It is a dangerous curving road for sure.

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    2. I have been reading "One Church Man Tribes" by Richard Twiss about how God's truths are threaded into the Nation's myths and legends.

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  4. I don't like to play "what if." I find it futile, and occasionally frightening, and I don't care for either.

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  5. Dominoes indeed. if there was no dark ages we'd probably be super advanced by now, or extinct from Skynet killing us lol

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    1. I am voting for extinct or nearly so.

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  6. I love playing this game. What if the Library at Alexandria had never been burned? It's a great way to stir the imagination, to be inspired to write a story. I've thought about my own ancestry... anywhere along the way what if certain people hadn't met, would I have had the same parents? Would I be who I am now? Food for thought.

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    1. a "Back to the Future" marathon has been on, with the first one having the first McFly never rescuing the girl who would be his wife. And from there it spirals in all sorts of directions.

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  7. These are very big what ifs.

    I might also add...but I won't.

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  8. I like Bish's comment about the library at Alexander. I read a story where they managed to stop the destruction. What if? Not a game I play very much although what if I hadn't nearly drowned, frightened myself about swimming and decided to try scuba diving as a cure, I would never have met my husband.

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  9. I think I am with Joanne here.
    Which doesn't stop my mind wandering from time to time, usually down dark paths.

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    1. I have walked those paths before, I understand.

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  10. But things did happen that way, and that's what's made all the difference...

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    1. Things did happen just like that, and who would have known any diferently.

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  11. "What if's" are always frustrating. "What is" also is frustrating.

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  12. What if's steal to much of life.
    Well done, and food for thought unless you don't want to waste the time!

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    1. No, it is a game to play on a school bus going on a field trip.

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  13. I don't think it has occurred to me to think in what if's. I so like to be in reality, with all the good and the bad therein. But I so love your blog because you are such an interesting woman, a woman who cares about issues, who raises these and many other questions that makes one stop and think for a while. Which is a good thing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Inger! Glad you like how I love to look under rocks.

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  14. I used to have a few 'what ifs' buzzing around in my head, but I've mostly banished them. They serve no purpose now. things are the way they are and we can't change our past. We can only hope to learn from it and make a better future.

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    1. True...it reminds me of a movie "Sliding Doors" which stars Gwyneth Paltrow. If she had been 5 seconds earlier, she would have caught the train and her life would have been oh so different.

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