Dismantling the Time Machine

November 21, 2015

A Sermon for Thanksgiving

On a recent podcast episode of This American Life, Sean Cole and Jonathan Goldstein interview people who would want to time travel if the technology was available.  What would people do if they could time-travel?  Some wanted to go back and change major historical actions that had caused a great deal of harm.  But most wanted to go back and undo poor decisions they had made personally or to stop something that eventually brought great suffering into their lives.

In this talk, I look at the writing of Paul, a sermon of Jesus and the reflections of Thich Nhat Hanh that suggest that time travel is overrated and that staying radically in the present is where joy and peace may be found.

One correction.  In the sermon, I attempt to name the Hebrew letters that spell what is transliterated into English as YHWH (some add vowels and spell it Yahweh), the name of God.  I got confused and misspelled the name.  The correct spelling is Yod-He-Waw-He.  Thanks to Tom Chatt for correcting this error for me.

Listen here

Photo Credit: CityGypsy11.


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