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Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by karellen » February 18th, 2018, 4:19 am

What would the appropriate punishment be for a time traveler that molests himself as a child? This is urgent, please respond ASAP.
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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Alias » February 20th, 2018, 8:55 pm

No punishment is either appropriate or probable.
If he went back to his own time, he wouldn't be caught.
And, in any case, nothing other people could do to him would be as suited to the crime as having to live with the trauma. This crime is its own self-administered punishment.

BTW - Should you be seeking professional help with this preoccupation?

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Eduk » February 21st, 2018, 2:54 pm

If we can time travel then why the rush to answer?

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by LuckyR » February 21st, 2018, 4:00 pm

Time travel is only possible to the future, not the past.
"As usual... it depends."

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Albert Tatlock » February 21st, 2018, 5:05 pm

LuckyR wrote:
February 21st, 2018, 4:00 pm
Time travel is only possible to the future, not the past.
So you're saying that it would have to be the child that molested himself as an adult?

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by LuckyR » February 22nd, 2018, 1:10 pm

Albert Tatlock wrote:
February 21st, 2018, 5:05 pm
LuckyR wrote:
February 21st, 2018, 4:00 pm
Time travel is only possible to the future, not the past.
So you're saying that it would have to be the child that molested himself as an adult?
I was going to make that point, but I figured it would sound better if you did.

But seriously, if/when you travel to the future, you will have just skipped to the future (there won't be a second "future" you there who is an older version of yourself). In other words there is only one you. You would be surrounded by older versions of folks who didn't travel with you, but since you jumped into the time machine, there is no thread of you NOT jumping into the time machine (to exist in an alternative future where you are old).
"As usual... it depends."

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Albert Tatlock » February 22nd, 2018, 1:32 pm

LuckyR wrote:
February 22nd, 2018, 1:10 pm
In other words there is only one you.
And some think that is one too many.

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Greta » February 22nd, 2018, 4:50 pm

Molesting oneself is known as masturbation.

If the time travelling parties do not feel that they are one and the same then they are effectively different people, with usual morality and empathy applying.

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Albert Tatlock » February 24th, 2018, 3:28 pm

Greta wrote:
February 22nd, 2018, 4:50 pm
Molesting oneself is known as masturbation.
Technically, yes, but it's rare for someone to go to such extraordinary lengths for the sake of a wank.

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Greta » February 24th, 2018, 5:27 pm

Albert Tatlock wrote:
February 24th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Greta wrote:
February 22nd, 2018, 4:50 pm
Molesting oneself is known as masturbation.
Technically, yes, but it's rare for someone to go to such extraordinary lengths for the sake of a wank.
Would that make it an admirable enthusiasm or an unhealthy obsession?

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Chili » February 24th, 2018, 5:49 pm

Recommended:
The Outer Limits (1996) ep 2.1
"A Stitch in Time"
- great drama involving abusers + time travel
* Michelle Forbes
* Amanda Plummer

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Greta » February 24th, 2018, 5:57 pm

I'll add Red Dwarf's treatment of time travel, where Lister not only has drunken sex with his female equivalent in another, gender-reversed, dimension, resulting in him becoming pregnant and giving birth to himself, but he ends up leaving his infant self under a pool table in a bar, which is how his story starts ...

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Present awareness » February 25th, 2018, 9:16 am

From the molested child’s point of view, it matters not if the molester was his or her mother, father,sister, brother or even an older version of themselves. Imagination has no limits, so If time travel were possible, in a concept such as time, all kinds of scenarios could be imagined. However, moral standards would still apply, so the excuse that “I’m only doing it to myself” doesn’t apply.
Even though you can see me, I might not be here.

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Re: Time Travelling Morality Question

Post by Albert Tatlock » February 25th, 2018, 9:25 am

karellen wrote:
February 18th, 2018, 4:19 am
This is urgent, please respond ASAP.
Time is of the essence.

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