A Belief That Creating The Future Is Possible
The future is not someplace we are going to, but a place we are creating. Futurist John Schaar
The future doesn’t exist, never did and never will. When it happens it becomes the present and then quickly becomes the past. But there it is, in our mind’s eye, and everyone wants to get there. The pull of the future lives in our lives, in our hopes, dreams, fears, dreads and expectations. You could say the future is always in the future and therefore it is always uncertain. Navigating a journey to an unknown future that doesn’t exist presents some interesting challenges.
This new category of posts is about my “ future sense”, a belief that I can influence it. This belief/perception/intuition or sense makes me want to expand my presence in the future. William James explains my point of view: I will act as if what I do makes a difference. I believe what I do can influence what my future will be.
Believing that influencing the future is possible requires three beliefs about the future: 1) the future is not predetermined; 2) The future is not predictable; 3) The future is persuadable. The third belief is obviously necessary. And the third belief is only true if one believes the first two beliefs. If one believes the future is predetermined, then it is not persuadable because it has already been determined. If one believes the future is predictable, it can’t be persuadable or it wouldn’t be predictable. I believe the future is persuadable and I want to influence its creation.
“Life is a journey not a destination” is a useful metaphor because it helps me think of my life as a process not an outcome, a series of actions and changes; which means it is what I am doing, not where I am going. Although these posts are about my future sense, I hope they encourage readers to consider what makes “future sense” to them, if they believe the future is persuadable.
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