Crossroads Inc. wrote:
The problem with this set up is the same as so many others.
Unless you are granted magic powers of some kind, actually changing history on any sort of meaningful way is all but imossible.
I think you misread. In this hypothetical EVERYONE has quantum-leapt back ten years. Obama, Bush, Bill Gates, everyone who is alive now jumps back ten years in their own bodies. The only people who don't remember are the people not alive now (if you died before dec 8, you won't wake up in 2001). I'll be glad to re-do my college, talk with some friends, make sure a female friend of mine remembers to not date a certain not-then-rapist, and wait for some spectacular national disasters. I will even be able to prevent my girlfriend (who I believe was 17 in 2001) from getting stalked and having a nervous breakdown a second time. Best of all, I'll never have had cancer.
Also keep in mind, the Indian Ocean will now have two full weeks to prepare for the Boxing Day Tsunami, so loss of life should be minimal there. I imagine banking regulations and loaning practices will be examined as well, and the US government might be able to short-circuit the housing bubble before it starts.
I think the MOST interesting part will be relationships. Are you married now? Were you dating that person in 2001? In December 2001 I was 3 months into a 4-month relationship, but currently I'm 4 weeks away from a one-year anniversary. It might cause a baby-boom, as couples who have been married rush to find each-other and renew their affections in younger, healthier bodies. I'm not sure how society would handle 24 year-old adults becoming 14 year-olds, but we'll adapt somehow. I'd love to see what everyone else's speculation is on that.
The only problem is, I'm losing track of which universe I'm in.
You kinda look like Jesus. With a lightsaber.
- Peregrin Toker