Suppose we finally encounter the advanced
alien race we’ve always looked for, but due to a quirk of the universe, they move through
time in the opposite direction that we do. Our day of encounter is a solemn day for them.
They are there to say goodbye to us for the very last time, and we are there to encounter
them for the very first time. Conversations are easy for them, more difficult for us,
as they have learned to communicate with us in a wierd backwards logic, and their English
is perfect from over 1000 years of living on Earth. What interesting things they could tell us
about our own future, which is their past. Every event they have witnessed has played
out for them in a boggling way, and to us, their behavior is just as strange. They’ve
seen car wrecks reassemble themselves into cars and go screaming backwards around tracks.
The winner of the car race must return to the start line at the exact same time as all
the other cars, even though the losers have had a head start. The aliens have seen rotting logs, mere piles
of sawdust be ressurected into mighty oaks, and progressively shrink in on themselves,
becoming seeds. Every human decision, every war, every murder,
every death to disease or starvation, all of human misery or joy is a foregone conclusion
to them, and they see it happening in reverse, if they are there to observe it. There is
no mystery in our future because it is their past. There was one concept we were never able,
or rather, (will never be able) to explain to them, and that is (or was) free will. It’s
a meaningless concept to them. Our chain of causality is not their chain of causality.
We see every decision have a consequence. They see the consequence, and simply await
the predestined decision. We’ve tried, (or will try), I suppose, to
explain to them the concept of God, and why freewill is so important, but since they start
shaking their heads and shrugging their alien shoulders before we even speak, we know they
do not, will not understand. It would seem that free will doesn’t exist
to someone that does not share our precise perception of time. Interesting. Thanks for watching.