I remember a very specific idea discussed in college by a friend. He said that if we manage to travel faster than the speed of light, we can see the past. This is a very intriguing idea and its applications are limitless.
For starters, if you are watching a star in the night sky – Proxima Centauri around 4.24 light years away. This implies that it will take light 4.24 years from the star to reach earth, and the opposite holds true as well. It takes 4.24 light years for the light from earth to reach Proxima Centauri.
So hypothetically, if a planet like earth is present 10 light minutes away from Proxima Centauri, then that planet right this moment, can see what happened on earth, 4.24 years ago. So, if we do manage to travel instantly to Proxima Centauri, we could hypothetically solve all crimes that have happened for the past 4 years on planet earth.
“The farthest star we can see with our naked eye is V762 Cas in Cassiopeia at 16,308 light-years away.” – (Source : Google)
The applications do not stop here, imagine what anthropologists and historians could achieve with this feat. The implications on a sociopolitical level are enormous. Religions could either be banished or widely accepted with just a bit of research. Empires could be overthrown or made in a fortnight. We could then study how our ancestors lived and all their knowledge could be put to good use.
History however, tells us one more thing about discoveries. Whenever there is something positive, there is bound to be an equal and opposite negative. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, Nuclear energy and the Nuclear weapon. Government scrutiny and stalking could go through the roof, that is if government’s exist. There would be no privacy for humans, at all. Imagine living every moment of your life knowing that someone somewhere can possibly see all that you are doing right this moment. The invention of tools to scramble data given out to space is admissible, but innovation only invites more innovation. With generic increase in security, the quality of hacking increases hand in hand.
The yin and the yang.
We are stuck in an eternal tug of war between good and bad in this cosmos, where winning is illusive, so is good and bad. One person’s good could be another’s bad.
In the grand scheme of things, there are no winner and losers. We are stuck in a zero sum game and the only way out is to play.
I sincerely hope you like playing.
P.S. – Apologies if this post ended in a gloomy way. Courtesy of a gloomy day.