An interesting theory put forth by Bill Watterson
through the mouth of Calvin
. It states that everything that has ever occurred in the entire history of humanity
is somehow linked to the fact that you exist. How would you be different if Charlemagne
had not done what he did? If the Nazis
somehow found out about the Normandy
invasion? And it's much smaller than that. It's little insignificant things.
Similar ideas are found in Run Lola Run
, and that Ray Bradbury
book about the time machine
where they go back to a pre-historic dinosaur era and accidentally step on a butterfly, and when they get back the entire history of the world is different than when they left. See also the Simpsons halloween episode
called Time and Punishment
, where Homer builds a time travelling toaster and ends up in a world where everyone has frog tongues. (This by the way is one of the more brilliant halloween episodes...Homer:"Step-sisters dead...wealthy family...I hit the jackpot! Marge, would you pass me a donut?" Marge: "What's a donut?" Homer yelps and runs out of the room and time travels again, not seeing that it begins to rain donuts as he leaves
Now that I think about it this episode must be based on that book.
Or in Run Lola Run, where the smallest misstep at the very beginning of the story has life-altering consequences for Lola.
I find that to avoid being paralyzed by the feeling that your every move could change the course of history, you just have to forget about that fact and go about your bidness and take what comes at you.