By Terence T Gorski
I don’t agree that living entirely in the now is the best strategy for human happiness.
The idea is based upon the Moslem belief that human beings are programmed to navigate almost exclusively in the PRESENT. I don’t believe this is true and would like to explain why.
Healthy Human beings are programmed to navigate a a personal timeline. This timeline includes the PRESENT, the PAST, and the FUTURE.
The present gets its rich texture from our past experiences and how we interpret tem. If we only had PRESENT experiences we would have no context to judge the meaning of our current experiences or how to make decisions about where we go from here.
Being able to imagine what could hAppen in the future is a powerful to if we learn how to use it in a balanced way with about ability to accurate perceive the present and compare our present experience with similar past situations. If we can then imagine what could happen if we did that Gain in the future, we get a chance at carefully considering the best and worst things that could happen. As. Result, we can plan more successfully when by using mental rehearsal techniques to imagining in our minds the logical consequences of a variety of different alternatives.
Of course we should enjoy the present. We must learn from the past and learn to use mental rehearsal to anticipate future consequence. I, personally, do not want to be stuck in the memories of the past. Not do I want to be trapped in the fears and hopes of the future. I also don’t want to be fixated in THE HERE AND NOW without being able to leRn from the past or mental experient with possibilities in the future.
I want to be able to navigate my personal timeline as I see fit. This helps me to make sense out of my complex past, the constantly changing present, the hopes, dreams and fears that live in an unknown future.
The present gets its rich texture from out interpretation of out past experiences. We can see more options and plan more successfully when we use mental rehearsal to imagining in our minds the logical consequences of a variety of alternatives.
Of course we should enjoy the present. It’s helpf to learn from the past and use mental rehearsal to anticipate future consequences to avoid unnecessary problems.
I, personally, do not want to be stuck in the memories of the past, the fears and hopes of the future, or the feeling experience of THE NOW. I want to be able to navigate my personal timeline as I see fit to make sense out of my complex past, the constantly changing present, and the hope and cautions of my imagined future.
~ Terry Gorski