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A Message From Benny - A Principled Science Fiction Story

Ken Weber
November 4, 2010

There is a quote from the Star Trek movie "First Contact" that is interesting. It goes, "Don't try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgments." This is a story about how we affect the future. I hope that everyone enjoys it.

Déjà vu: "…a noun describing a feeling of having experienced something before, although in fact it is the first time that it has been experienced."

It started in a rather mysterious way at the same time Professor Steele began an important science project that would be based on a theory that he had. He felt that this project would really change people's lives in many good ways. Suddenly, for no reason at all, it seemed as if he had already done the things that he was doing.

He stopped and reflected on the matter. Had he done this before? No, it just was not possible. He had not!

So he began again, and again he had the feeling that he had done these things before.

He stopped again, and again he realized that it was impossible to have done these things before.

He continued… and over and over the feeling of déjà vu came over him. It happened so often that he almost started having feelings of déjà vu about having déjà vu. But now he knew that it was because this was happening over and over.

He stepped back. "What's going on?" he asked.

"Thank you," said a voice.

Professor Steele looked around. There was no one there.

"Thank you," repeated the voice. "You don't know me. As a matter of fact, you will never meet me. I am your great grandson, Benny."

Professor Steele was confused. "I only have two children now, and they are too young to have children themselves."

"Your daughter, Sharon, will be my grandmother," continued Benny. "But it will be your son, Steve… you call him Stevie… who will continue your work. This makes an incredible difference in, not only my life, but the situation of the world.

"Why can't I see you?" asked the professor.

"Well, I haven't been born yet, obviously," continued the voice. "But my spirit was sent to speak to you from the future to encourage you to keep working on your project."

"Why?" asked the professor.

"Well, you will have many failures," continued the voice. "You will feel like giving up many times. But, if you do, the world will not experience the glorious change that you will make possible… and if this happens, I won't even be born."

"Why am I experiencing déjà vu?" asked the professor.

"This is merely the memories that I have of your accomplishments," replied Benny. "They are transferred to you when I come into contact with you. You experience my knowledge as if they are your own memories, which makes it seem as if you have experienced these things already. But you haven't… at least not yet. I just want to encourage you to keep working and not to give up. What you are about to do is so important to the world that I was sent back to give you this encouragement."

"I see," said the professor. "Thank you. I won't give up no matter how many failures I have. You can count on me."

"Thank you," said Benny. "And I want you to know that I am able to come back like this because you will succeed. It will take awhile, but you will definitely succeed. I have to go now. Good bye. I'm sorry that we will never actually meet. You are such a legend in my time that I feel that I know you from all that I have heard about you. God bless you."

And the voice was gone.

When it was over, Professor Steele thought about his feelings of déjà vu and his experience with Benny. He decided to get back to work on his project.

He also decided to write a story about this experience. "I will call the story, 'A Message From Benny,'" he said. "…or did I say that already?"

I hope that this short story offers encouragement to all of you to keep working on the projects and goals that you are working on. You never know how your work will affect the future.

Keep up the great work you are doing.

God Bless All Of You,

Ken Weber 

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