to the Future
In the 1984 film, Back to the Future, the main character,
Marty, meets the eccentric scientist and travels back in time to
1955. In the past, Marty accidentally causes his future father and
mother not to meet to fall in love and so he must find a way to get
them back together so that he and his siblings can exist 'back in
There is a lot of deep thinking in the “Back to the Future”
film trilogy, including the deepest: determinism vs. free will.
Simply put, are we free to choose our choices and thus uniquely
determine the destiny of our dreams or is choice an illusion and
that our future is determined by forces beyond our control such as
fate, genes, family, education, or socio-economic class? There is
no definitive answer to one of the oldest philosophical debates
known to us.
Back to the Future as an oxymoron is pithily phrased but
hardly original in thought. The French poet Paul Valery expressed
it differently in 1937, “The future, like everything else, is no
longer what it used to be”. His lament was about reflecting on the
traumatic legacy of First World War just as the world was sliding
into another greater catastrophic second world war.
Human beings are the only creatures in creation that think
about the future which is why we often use the past as a
premonition of the future. But how we relate to our past (choices,
decisions, experiences) and the future (hopes, fears, dreams)
doesn't depend on the distance. Distance does not have to mean
destination. It is a journey in time about being. What you get by
achieving your aspirations is not as important as what you become
by achieving your desires.
This Spring at TEDxFuxingPark we try to show that in every
moment we face choices defined by an infinity of possibilities.
Irrespective of how we come to determine our choices, life doesn’t
get better by chance, it gets better by change. It begins with the
choice and the courage to change and go 'back to the