Have we stopped looking to the future for the present
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It has been said that children live in the present, adults live in the future, and the elderly live in the past.

Have people stopped progressing from being children to being adults in that they no longer live for or in the future, but rather spend all of their time focused on the present and the day to day existence of their lives?

Whether or not this is true, how would we handle this sort of situation?
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i dont live at all
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While important to plan for the future, seems a waste to lose sight of the present.
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With so much going on in the present can you blame anyone? With most people living pay check to paycheck, thinking about the future takes the back seat so to speak in most people's lives
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I don't think people have suddenly changed their perspective. Most people, regardless of age, spend a fair amount of time thinking about all three.

What could we do if everyone became stuck in the present, unable to plan for the future? Well I have a few ideas about that and I would like to begin by saying OH MY GOD I WANT CAKE! No I want ice cream! I want both! Wait. Is that a squirrel!? I'll go chase it!...
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Doesn't sound so bad, honestly. Being so worried about the future that you neglect the privilege of having roses to smell is pretty tough way to live. Living in the present doesn't necessarily mean not thinking of the consequences.
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I think culture is shaping the peoples minds to be ever on the present.

We have a preoocupation on youth, the internet is one of the most fungible things ever, having absolutely no past, and instant gratification is encouraged....
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Guess I really am an old fart.
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"Making plans for the future is of use only to people who are capable of living completely in the present."
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The present is all you have. I think we have the opposite problem. We get so anxious worrying about the future and trying to reach a place of success, we forget to cherish the moments we have in front of us.
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kinga750 wrote:

I don't think people have suddenly changed their perspective. Most people, regardless of age, spend a fair amount of time thinking about all three.

What could we do if everyone became stuck in the present, unable to plan for the future? Well I have a few ideas about that and I would like to begin by saying OH MY GOD I WANT CAKE! No I want ice cream! I want both! Wait. Is that a squirrel!? I'll go chase it!...



"What could we do if everyone became stuck in the present, unable to plan for the future?"

This is more speculation than my actual theory about how this state would be experienced.

[Actually it would be more akin to thinking of "hey look ice cream" next second you forgot what you just thought/said. And thus you look around and wonder what you were just thinking about. Then it repeats and you end up in a massive state of confusion trying to remember what you last thought but can't ever seem to remember what needs to be remembered. Pure terror and confusion at its best.]

Humans need to take a respite from the present for however small it is in order to plan for events that will happen in the soon to be now. But if you are always in the now you lose the ability to concentrate on your inner mind and block out the outer world. You become entranced with the outer world and thus become more subject to react when stimuli arouses you. You can observe something similar when you observe a dogs behavior.

Paraphrased from Alan Watts

"The course of time is like the course of a ship in the ocean. The ship leaves behind a wake in the water, and as the wake fades out that tells us where the ship has been. That occurs in the same way our memory of the past tells us what we have done. The important thing to remember in this illustration is that the wake doesn't drive the ship. And as such the past does not define our present."

The direction the wake of ship has pointed in the past month does not decide whether the ship can change or not change directions in the future. That is decided in the present. Now considering the future the ship has some foresight to plan their course and adjust as needed in the present in order to arrive at the desired destination. If the ship were to lose the ability to plan for the future they ship would endlessly travel in random directions as they have lost their ending destination and the ability to adjust their course as needed to stay course. Confusion and disorientation would be present if anything else.




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No one lives for the future.
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Teach your children well
Their father's hell did slowly go by

Don't you ever ask them why
if they told you you would cry

Teach your parents well
Their children's hell will slowly go by

Don't you ever ask them why
If they told you you would cry.

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Ocale wrote:

Guess I really am an old fart.


I mean, you do claim to be infinite years old

And I think OP got it backwards. I've always heard that children are the future and look to the future, adults are the now.

It's more of a person by person thing. Me,I'm always looking forward.
But it's also a balance thing. It doesn't matter what you work toward if you don't enjoy the journey. Plus, those who don't enjoy the now won't enjoy the future when it becomes the now. Kind of pointless in that sense.
And then there's scale. Some think future of the world or current politics. Some think paycheck to paycheck. Some just want to pass this year of school or have a nice vacation in a couple of weeks.

The future will come and some people like working towards it. Some prefer the now and making the most of that. Both are needed. And when it's done, we can look back and truly take stock of what we've done.
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