Delineating The Past, Present And Future
Direction, defined as focused motion over time, clarifies choice so that whatever situation approaches quickly, especially if it’s significance is unanticipated, will have to be dealt with instinctively and without knowing exactly how one’s actions will effect the outcome. Even if it were possible to travel into the future, the trip could do little more than allow one to reflect on their (re)actions to see if their intuitive responses were helpful or not. This could be a basis for building trust and confidence in one’s own instincts and a justification for retrospective thought.
When procrastination is rationalized, the risk of stagnation is more likely as uncertainty is often seen as a threat instead of an opportunity. Still, there is no way to note existence in the present unless some reasonable boundaries are set by defining “now” as an arbitrary point where measuring begins as movement proceeds, followed by an endpoint.
Everything within the chosen borders of the present, defined as infinite events occurring simultaneously for a time are either observable or not depending on one’s location. Unfortunately things happen so fast, often remaining unseen until they are gone, perhaps visible to the imagination if not the eye. Hopefully the failure to see what was coming will lead to the ability to see what is approaching as insight becomes clearer.
Perceiving motion as linear is one way to imagine infinity, viewed as the summation from the origin, an arbitrary notation extending towards an unobservable conclusion which is both philosophical in nature and a scientific fact. The point, something to consider at all times, is most definitely elusive and intensifies as it’s approached. Often, the meaning is not understood, assuming it has some significance, other than being part of a straight line or an arc. The other alternative is to look at everything as a Zen moment when only what is in sight is important. Then, the past and future melt away and everything one sees becomes just part of what is, and the distinction between the three becomes irrelevant.