|Found at Watkins Glen State Park, NY on the Gorge Trail.|
Signing a contract? Review the details.
Moving to a new neighborhood? Observe the details.
Looking for a new career? Ask about the details.
First night with a new lover? Focus on the details your partner doesn't know they are giving.
Walking along a tourist trail with well over a century of history? Let the details tell the story.
And Lo! What a story I found. Atop a stone not far in from the South entrance I found a simple, yet powerful gesture of love between two tourists. From the year 2089.
This is big. I'll take it step by step and start you down the rabbit hole. Time travel is real. This alone has implications which even my nerd mind can only scrape the surface of. We've theorized the possibility of time travel for some time and so far, we cannot find a reason why it cannot happen.
Here's a piece of the latest research. --> Futurism
Math and engineering aside, there are other fundamental implications to consider, such as WE STILL EXIST IN THE FUTURE. Let that settle in. All the current strife, hurt, and war will NOT END US. That's not to say there won't be hard times in the future, as there were in the past. But, despite all of which is to come and the current political doomsday talk, we still are around poking the universe to see what happens. If you can't find some hope in that, then I can't help you.
I know what some might be thinking: What about "12 Monkeys"? Time travel exists but humans developed it as a desperate gambit to save itself. Yeah...no. What times get tough theoretical physics is not the place humans go looking for help. We get brutally practical when the feces hits the fan. We find places to dig in and wait out the storm. I offer you all of known human history as proof. But I digress.
So, we have time travel. Great. What else do we have? TOURISM! People have free time in the future! Extended leisure time is only available in cultures where most basic needs are met. Depressions, famines, plagues, and environmental upheavals are not good for the tourism industry, unless there's something I am unaware of. Leave a comment if you know better. How do I know these weren't scientists on a test run? The same way I know why NASA takes great care to not bring back or leave microorganisms when it goes wandering around the solar system: contamination. Even a small change in an environment can have grave and unforeseeable consequences. Think the Bradbury story A Sound of Thunder or the Butterfly Affect theory. Not familiar with the latter? Watch this...
And we're back. Scientists involved with time travel, generally speaking, do not want to muck about with the time/space continuum by stomping around like overtired toddlers. Like, for example, leaving the year they are from in the past via graffiti. Yet, here we are. In fact, this blog and my posts to friends on social media could be having grave ramifications in the future. Or, maybe wonderful ramifications! Maybe this very blog is held as proof that techniques and technologies in the future work. If that is the case, then would future explores please do me a kindness and let me know? Oh! Perhaps they already have in a Moebius Strip kind of way!
Lastly, in the future humans still like to make public signs of affection. I know seventy-two years is not a long time, however it means quite a lot. It is a sign of personal expression. Individuals are apparently still willing to take chances, despite dire warnings to the contrary. It means that Love is still valued and displays of public affection still score points. It shows we can relate to the psychology of our descendants at least for the next three generations. Consider too, it wasn't a political message. That, beyond all else, gives me hope.
Okay. Ending here. I have to. I am having so much fun assuming this is a real date that I have a headache from all it could mean. The date has to be correct, right? People don't note fake dates on graffiti as a deep-level joke, do they? Random people writing future dates on vandalism as some sort of unrealized or realized acknowledgement that the present has value as it leads to a future we can also value is crazy talk! No good can come of that, right? Right? Exactly. That's why it must be real.
It is the only logical conclusion. Thanks, Erica & Eddie!
Be seeing you in the future,