Monday, October 1, 2007

Living in the Present

We are the only species on the planet that can punish ourselves with our past; our history. There is a saying that goes something like those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Is that true?

History is only history if it is written down and then it cannot be taken back. Whomever writes the history then creates the history true or not. So as no one can see all the information it is then a composite of individual viewpoints which we know from our experience is not complete nor totally accurate as it is biased. 

So when we look to our own history how accurate is it and should we wear like a cross and so warp the present with the past. Experiencing the results of our actions and thereby learning wisdom is far different than continually filtering our present through the filter of our past.

Once the lesson is learned do we need the past any longer. Perhaps it is time to let go and live in the only time we have; the present.

Your thoughts?

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4 conversations:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Well, I agree to a point. There are many lessons learned that need remembering. History does seem to repeat itself at times. Not to the letter, but very like in the past. This is political, but Nam and Iraq are alike in the way many treat the ones doing the fighting. We ran then and that is what is wanted now. Pullout and leave without finishing what we started. So, in a way I can see the same thing happening again. Hope I'm not way out there on this issue. Have a great evening Peter. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Lessons do need to be remebered but not to the point that it affects us seeing clearly the present situation.

Greg Provance said...

Hmmm...all the points are good ones. I agree with Peter regarding clarity and present-mindedness. Only the present truly exists, but does create the past, which can be useful as a tool to guide our present (and future) actions, as Sandee suggested.

Thanks for the conversation!


Peter Haslam said...

Thanks for your add Greg much appreciated