"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." -Socrates

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Are We Slaves to the Future?

The weekend, retirement, vacation, completion of obligation. Armageddon, stock market crash, war, food shortage. When thinking about future events, we must realize that none of these things truly exist and are merely figments of our imagination. Proving a future event will occur is impossible, yet these illusions occupy so many of our thoughts. It's for this reason we are slaves to the future. How does this affect our daily lives? Do these anticipations benefit or hurt us?

Anticipating a future event for the sake of mentally traveling to another place in time to avoid the pain, monotony, anxiety, or boredom of the present is harmful. And, if we get in this habit, how easy it becomes to be in a time of leisure yet anticipating it's end, only to mentally project oneself forward to a time of obligation or duty. If we spend our time in this fashion, how can we experience any moment of life.?

However, these hopes for future events can be beneficial if their anticipation leads to a greater ability to experience them through planning and preparation.

These are somewhat basic concepts, but I wanted to write them as a reminder for myself and anyone else who desires a greater power over their mind.

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds."
-Bob Marley

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