This Saturday was the last episode of Doctor Who with Amy and Rory as the Doctor's traveling companions. It was poignant, but it didn't make me cry as much as Rose's departure. I guess saying goodbye to companions gets to be less traumatizing the more you watch Doctor Who.
I don't want to rehash the entire episode, but there is one theme that really stood out to me. In the episode, the Doctor reads a book that ends up saying everything that is about to happen to the Doctor, Amy, and Rory. And it made me think: If there was a book that told you every single thing that was going to happen in your life, would you read it?
My initial answer is, "No! We're not supposed to know. I want it to be a surprise." But if I can be honest with you, I would probably cave in to temptation eventually.
Some of you may already know this, but there was a time in my life where I was OBSESSED with any book that supposedly contained prophecies about the future: Nostradamus, The Bible Code, 2012, etc. I was so convinced that the end of the world was just around the corner that I was literally paralyzed with fear. Nothing gave me pleasure anymore. The only thing that eased the anxiety was cutting, but sometimes I wondered if it was best to just end it all and get it over with. Eventually I got help, and I realized that all of those books are full of crap, so I don't really worry about Armageddon anymore.
In fact, I don't really believe in fixed moments of time anymore. I like to think that we shape the future with God moment by moment, and when the future gets rough God gently guides us in making it better. So I highly doubt that there will ever be a book that reveals the final fate of the world.
But for the sake of argument, let's say such a book did exist. Reading it wouldn't be conducive to my mental health. But the temptation would still be there. What about you? Would you read ahead?