Is time travel ethical?

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    I was thinking whether if one could travel back in time and change certain instances in their life which caused them future distress would that be ethical? I say this because I wonder whether prevention of the inevitable (whether its a direct or indirect cause of misfortune) would be ethical in the sense that we are trying to prevent future pain.

    For example, I was thinking if I could go back in time and warn my mother to get an early breast examination, and she did and caught breast cancer early would she be alive today, and if so, would he death somehow come in another form? What do you guys think about time travel and ethics?
     
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    I just want to go forward a day or two get the winning lotto numbers and come back.
     
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    I would have to say, on the surface, no it's not ethical.

    I get your motivation and it's noble... I'd be strongly tempted to go back a few years and do the same with my Mom, or at least be able to share some thoughts we missed. But at the risk of sounding like Richard Mourdock, I think the downs in life are as much a lesson as the ups, and we don't or shouldn't get to choose to sidestep them.

    Without the downs we wouldn't have the ups. If we were able to manipulate our pasts and futures, it would be a redefinition of everything we know about existence. That might be OK but it would be a hell of a change.

    I'm sorry about your Mom. I understand completely.
     
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    It is possible to use telepathy to get in touch with a discarnate spirit who can see into the future. Then they could give you the lottery numbers. But they probably won't because it is bad karma. I bet you don't believe me, but its true.:D
     
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    I don't think discarnate spirits would have the slightest knowledge or care of lottery numbers, or anything else material. Just sayin'.
     
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    why is pain bad? isn't pain how we learn and grow?
     
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    What difference would it make? I visited my 100 year old mother yesterday and she doesn't know Wednesday from Sunday. Dying is something we all have to do....and unlike others I believe dead is dead. I'd rather be run over by a Mack truck than lay around incapacitated for years dependent upon others.
     
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    That's true, but it's also insensitive. If you'd had the experience of having to say goodbye to your mother while she was still sentient I don't think you could post something that cold.
    I would have to say the OP and I are both the richer for that experience, however painful it was.
     
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    Time travel comes in handy sometimes...

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyaAEPggums]Steak 'n Shake- Time Machine- Half Price Happy Hour[/ame]
     
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    In a heartbeat.
     

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