Sure, I would read it. We document our lives in many ways through the use of cameras, video recorders, blogs like these and through the memories we create experiencing the world with our senses. It seems to be a basic human desire to be able to revisit the past. As technological advances are made, many of the most popular products are the ones that allow us to re-live moments of our lives (the written word, the recorded voice, the recorded image). Other advances allow us to share our documentation with each other with increasing ease (home videos, the internet). Unfortunately, these efforts are unable to provide us with a complete documentation and we end of up with a representative slice of our lives limited by factors like the availability of recording devices, the desire to spend the effort recording events, etc… Often times we choose to record “special” events, but isn’t every moment of life “special” in some way or another? You never know when that moment will happen that sticks with you for the rest of your life. So, having a book that contained everything would be great. It would clear up fuzzy memories, remind us of lost memories (for better or worse) and allow a greater insight into why each of us might be the people we are today. I’m not one to dwell on the past but I think it would be a mostly enjoyable and educational experience.
As for reading about the things that will happen in the future. I would not read that section. I couldn’t image going through life knowing exactly what each day would hold. Besides, doesn’t this create some kind of time warp dilemma? If you read about the past and the future does that occur at one frozen point in time? How long would it take? At what point does time become the past or the future and how does the knowledge of each influence the other. Does the book continually update as you read it because the world continues on as you spend time reading. That’s one heck of a brain twister for 8:00am.
Thanks for the daily prompt idea Tom.