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A question I saw elsewhere online today...

If you had a time machine and could travel back to the night you were conceived and prevent it happening, would you?

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That's called the Grandfather Paradox. The answer is no, even if someone answers yes. The reason is that if you were able to prevent your own conception you therefore wouldn't exist to grow up and use a time machine to go back in time and prevent your conception, because there never would have been a you to begin with.

Kafirah Level 7 Feb 21, 2019
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I'd be in horror witnessing the backseat passion but I'd certainly encourage them on. I love my life!

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Nah. For one, my folks were the planned family type, so they would have kept trying for another sprog. No net reduction in environmental impact, and someone else would get my butthead dad inflicted on them. Seems unfair.
Plus, though life is pretty unrelenting right now, I've experienced some magnificent shit in my time. On balance, I'm one lucky dude.

@PalacinkyPDX you may have something of a point. I was certainly the family lightning rod for his anger, but he was pretty vicious to my siblings.
Even so, some absolutely gorgeous ladies have let me kiss them on the boobs. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
So the answer is still... nah.

@MrBeelzeebubbles kissing boobs really is one of the the best things in life.

@Minta79 it truly is.

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If you did that, you would not exist to do that.

Rob1948 Level 7 Feb 21, 2019
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The question is really sad.

Many of the answers are even more sad.

There is no way I would prevent my life from happening.

BD66 Level 7 Feb 21, 2019
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Nope!

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No

ipdg77 Level 8 Feb 21, 2019
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Hell no, this has been a blast!

Byrdsfan Level 8 Feb 21, 2019
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Definitely!!!

graceylou Level 8 Feb 21, 2019
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And rip a hole through space and time? Nah, I'm good.

Minta79 Level 7 Feb 23, 2019

I'd do that just for the hell of it!

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My life ain't great, I'm not that special, and I'm not a gift to humanity or anyone else except for the three amazing young women that I gave birth to and the children that they have produced. I know I have made a difference, and I humbly think it has been to the benefit of at least a few people. I will go to the grave knowing my life such as it is has been worthwhile and no one will ever convince me otherwise.

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yes

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No

Sticks48 Level 9 Feb 21, 2019
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Definitely.

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No. It's been too interesting. Costly but worth it.

brentan Level 8 Feb 21, 2019
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Maybe. My mom would have had a much better life if she hadn't had children.

Paracosm Level 8 Feb 21, 2019
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That's a realy hard one. While I wouldn't mind not having had my own life, I think my children are wonderful and are making an important contribution.

CeliaVL Level 7 Feb 23, 2019
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My life hasn't been great but even at it's lowest point I can't imagine not wanting to exist .

Besalbub Level 7 Feb 22, 2019
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yes, i've had some wild times, some good times & bad times but i'd do it to prevent my kids, grandkids from having to somehow cope with the worsening times, that i see ahead of them.

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No, I wouldn't wanna alter my existence just certain things in my life which is a whole different Subject

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Hell no. To much of a risk that I'd fail at my mission a see some things I do want to.

LEPeff Level 8 Feb 21, 2019
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Sounds a bit like the Indian guy who is suing his parents for bearing him.
A bit sad that a few people answered "yes" but as Kafirah states the "grandfather paradox" precludes this.

Moravian Level 7 Feb 21, 2019
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Yes - quite like life, but would want different parents

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Oh Heeelll NO..

Charlene Level 9 Feb 21, 2019
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