Thinking about our potential and the road ahead is something unique to us as humans, and has a much more profound effect than simply preparing us for the worst-case scenario: it enables us to broaden our sense of perspective, and so to find deeper awareness and gratitude for what we have now.
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In my last post I talked about ‘place’, of how all the possibilities our minds now have access to can leave us feeling shaken-up, cast-adrift in a sea of uncertainty. It seems no coincidence to me that it is from an awareness of Time – your future – that your sense of Place gets shuffled around too. While General Relativity’s interlinking of space and time may be a claim/observation of physical phenomena, it is clear that our minds share the same association– we have a tangible means of “navigating” space-time through our minds, with imagination, as we do our bodies. Our feet may walk us to the moon, but our minds can lead us to other dimensions, and at any point in time. I am of course not talking literally, but there is, however, a clear and fascinating link between imagination and our ability to predict or make assumptions about the future, as well as to embellish our picture of the past.
As an ending note, to try and draw you out of your typical perspective and to set the tone for coming posts, I thought I’d share this video from Kurzgesagt’s YouTube channel. If anything will stretch your perspective between being simply another creature caught in the wheels of the universal process of evolution, and the possibility that you may well be special enough to have made it this far, it’s the notion of ‘The Great Filter’… (If you haven’t already, I’d recommend giving their Fermi Paradox videos a watch too, as they may help contextualize just how likely it is we’re not so unique in this universe!)
As always, a huge thanks for taking the (space-)time to read this, it humbles me that my words are coherent enough to warrant such attention!