Welcome, Modern Philosophers! It’s Friday Night and that means it’s time for our weekly Think Tank adventure. I know my regular readers are familiar with this, but the blog has added about 150 new followers since it was Freshly Pressed on Sunday. So, I wanted to take a moment to explain how it works. I’m hoping that those of you who have been here before will make our new friends feel welcome.
Basically, this is the night when we put on our thinking togas and really work up the Deep Thoughts. I throw out a topic, which is very often time travel related (much love to Doc Brown), and we ponder on it and then share our thoughts.
As I point out every week, there are no right or wrong answers. This is just an exercise to stimulate the grey matter and give us an excuse to wear our thinking togas. I try to make the query topical, so tonight, I’d like to honor the Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday.
This week’s topic: If you could use your time machine to go back and witness any famous speech, which one would it be?
Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be a speech given someone famous or real. It can be something out of a movie or a book. The orator could be your Dad, who always talks about the famous speech he gave during that sit in at college, or your pal’s Little League coach, whose pep talk motivated that rag tag bunch to win the state championship. Just tell us why you’d want to be there for the speech you choose.
I had the opportunity tonight to workshop this question with The Girl Who Warms My Heart, and she had a wonderful answer, but it took her awhile to come up with it. I like that she had to take some time to ponder on it, and I hope she’ll share her answer with us. She always reads the blog, but as I’ve mentioned, she’s a little shy and likes to keep her identity a secret. Perhaps you can all persuade her to participate this week?
As for me, I would like to go back to July 1969 and witness Neil Armstrong’s famous “One small step for man…” speech. I’m choosing this one for a few reasons: I’d love to travel to the moon (who doesn’t want to be an astronaut?), I’d like to know that my time machine can travel off planet, I would finally like to put the rumors to rest about the moon landing being faked, and as a long time Sci-Fi fan, I’d like to be there for the moment that made the space age real. We’re talking about putting a man on the moon.
So what are you thinking, Modern Philosophers? Hopefully, none of you pick the time I had to give a speech in high school and bungled the words and totally embarrassed myself. There’s no reason for any of us to have the revisit that, right?
I look forward to reading your comments. Happy Deep Thoughts…