We are constantly told that we should live in the moment, carpe diem they say. Forget about the past, there’s nothing you can do about the past and that’s true enough, except of course we can learn from it and that is on ongoing process, there are lots of books written about the past and we’re finding out more and more about the past all the time. Archaeologists recently dug up a clay pot or something in, well, I don’t recall exactly, but somewhere in the Americas, showing that the area has had some human, or at least pot making beings, for 136,000 years, which is a bit longer than anybody had thought. So, I’m glad some people, at least, are obsessed with the past, although I can understand that this could manifest itself in less healthy ways.
They say don’t look to the future, which is a bit harder for me to understand because you actually can do something about the future. An individual human being probably has as much control over the future as they do over the present, which is a fairly great deal over their own personal corner of it, but very little over the future of society and mankind overall. If nobody thought about the future it would be impossible to schedule anything, and there would be no science fiction novels.
Also, no matter how much you try to focus on living in the present, living in this particular moment right now, is that pretty soon (in just a moment) another moment comes along, and then another and then another and before you know it you’re in the future.
So, here’s the way I see it: focus on the present, of course, that’s good, except of course when you’re thinking about the past, or the future. What the heck, go ahead and think about whatever time you want to think about. It’s all life. It’s all good.