Never Assume the Worst


Doc: I foresee two possibilities. One, coming face to face with herself 30 years older would put her into shock and she’d simply pass out. Or two, the encounter could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space time continuum, and destroy the entire universe! Granted, that’s a worse case scenario. The destruction might in fact be very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy.

Marty McFly: Well, that’s a relief.


– Back to the Future Part II

This is one of my favorite scenes in the whole movie. I just love the sheer scale of what could happen and in many ways there is a life lesson to be learned here; whenever there is a scale at which things can go wrong we assume the very worst. It’s human nature. It’s a defence mechanism so that we are as best prepared as we can be for it but look what that worrying does to us – makes us ill, irritable etc.


We could, like Jennifer, just simply pass out and the universe will still be here. As Marty said, “That’s a relief”.


One thought on “Never Assume the Worst”

  1. Human nature is a remarkable thing. We perhaps assume the worse (I do) to protect ourselves and prepare for what seems inevitable, or perhaps don’t assume the worst in denial of what might happen. An interesting paradox.

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