The Past and the Future

Any romp on Wikipedia or afternoon on a busy street will quickly illustrate to anyone given to such musings that the past is not a textbook timeline of beginnings, middles, and ends or a catalog of which objectives were accomplished and which were not. History is a partial record of the ongoing loss of the present in which connections, and thus “direction,” can only be observed in hindsight, after exercising considerable discretion with the data. As such, in order pass the present between the points we put on the timeline in peace, stability, and with eyes always on justice, how could we ever simply aim to “win” the future as if it were the last point to draw? The past can be lost and the future will never conclude (we hope); our timelines are too short and scant to suggest any reason for such confidence. The future can of course be influenced, but it cannot be made. The most important object of attention, therefore, is the present, for if we are wisely guiding our present as it slips away, we need not worry about the direction of our future.

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