AI: Alternate Realities
This week’s Grey’s Anatomy episode showed us a glimpse of what a Seattle Grace with an alive and unaffected by Alzheimer’s Ellis Grey would be. The exact same characters, the exact same personalities, the exact same issues, only guided by a far more extraordinary, dominant, pushy personality, and yet the proportions to which this single person affected their lives are significantly big.
Just as everything regarding alternate timelines (yes, I’m talking about Community’s best episode ever), this one got me thinking about all the different ways people’s lives and actions, however distant from us, may affect a group of people both individually and as a whole, and it seems like a good exercise to give merit and credit to those responsible for changing our worlds.
Imagine if Rosa Parks hadn’t existed, or for some reason had not done what she did. Or Gandhi. Or Marie Curie. Or Douglas Adams. Or Rebecca Watson. Or your mom.
(Please forgive the randomness of that list and bear in mind I’m not making comparisons of any kind.)
I guess what I’m trying to say is that there’s a lot of fights we take for granted now, but that depended on and continue to depend on a lot of people out there we have no control on whatsoever. People that may be changing the course of history every day and no one’s aware of it; people that could be changing the course of history but never do.
And after that very much confusing prelude, to the question:
Who do you think is paramount to the current situation of the queer/skeptic community and what significant changes do you think their non-existence in an alternate reality would represent to the world? Are there people you think our world could not have made without (whatever their fields)?
The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3pm ET.