If I could I would bring back…
So, last night, a trending topic appeared on twitter #IfICouldIWouldBringBack (If I Could I Would Bring Back). As you can imagine, there’s all sorts of fun that can be had with this topic in regards to discontinued brands, childhood memories and maybe even times that brought us joy at one point or another (who REALLY doesn’t want back the days when music was more “meaningful”?).
Well, in keeping with my current theme of introspection and self-examination, I thought carefully about what I would bring back, if I could, and even deeper why and what it says about me.
If I’ve taken it too far at this point, I appreciate the time you’ve spent so far and I don’t want to lure you into a false sense of adventure. If it seems like I’m taking this too seriously then you may not appreciate where this goes so it’s ok to move along now.
So yes, I thought about it a lot and I thought to myself: IF I really could bring back one thing, in effect if I had one wish, it’d be to bring back someone and well… I’d hope we’ve seen enough films to know that there are always unintended consequences with doing such things – a person or a thing.
There were 3 main things that sprang to mind when I considered this TT:
Firstly, the biblical story of Hezekiah, secondly, the writings of The Teacher in Ecclesiastes 3:1 and finally, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Full Metal Alchemist).
Let’s start with the latter and work backwards. FMA details the story of two young brothers who through no fault of their own, lose their mother (to death) and seek out ways to restore that which they lost (through the use of alchemical science/magic). The entire story arc has several over and undertones of people trying to gain that which they lost and having to pay a price in order to do so. As I mentioned, I would bring back one person and that would invariably incur a cost greater than any acceptable.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heavens”. This is one of the difficult things I had to learn so that I could stop yearning for things past and things missing. Things come and then pass and regardless of our emotional attachment to them, this is the order of life. In short: Life goes on. I suppose in a way it also ties into Ecc 7:10 (the wisdom in not longing for the “good old days”)
Finally, Hezekiah. A more abstract point but one that strikes me when I think of “coulda/shoulda/woulda”. A King, faithful to God like none before or after him, who was asked, by the LORD, to put his house in order as it was time to get out of dodge for he was gravely ill. Hezekiah, as you’d expect, sought the face of The LORD and wept citing (rightfully) his faithfulness.
The LORD heard his cries and added 15 more years to him. Now, two things happened in this extended life span: Hezekiah showed the future King of Babylon all that was in his household (after his recovery) which served as the precursor for Israel’s captivity and secondly, during that extended span he bore a son who was to be his successor – Manasseh – a man who did tremendous evil in the sight of The LORD (2Kings 20 & 21).
So… What do all these have to with that TT? Well, when I saw it, I pondered and the only thought that came to my mind was, what is worth risking for all these possible consequences? My answer: nothing. Things come and they pass. They are there for a season and then you must let them go. The unintended consequences of trying to revive or prolong something can be SOMETIMES too high a price to pay – I’m sure that all who’ve seen 187 (the film) will be familiar with the concept of what a Pyrrhic victory is.
I am not saying you should not ask of The LORD to extend your life or you should not indulge in nostalgia. This is after all, an extreme extrapolation of a rather simple and well understood concept. I think the best way to sum it up would be to quote @KarlNova:
(Put on your best Rick James voice)
“I feel ya, as long as folks don’t live in the past it’s fine, nostalgia is a helluva drug”
God bless you.