Drowning in the River of Time

Drowning in the River of Time

The complexity of human behavior is evidenced by the controversial concepts we have on many issues. One issue is time. The definition of time varies. Another issue is our focus on the past, present and future times. What is gone is gone. Others say live the moment. Others adopt the wisdom that if we do can't plan for the future then we shall fail.

I have a simple analogy. If you are driving a car would you only use the back mirror (or camera) representing the past, the side mirrors (the present time) or the front mirror (the future time)? Would you dispense with any of them?

Let us take a simple example. If a smoker smokes few cigarettes a day then this person sight would say I am delighted smoking and I am not failing the pain. The delight outweighs the pain. Only years later this person might feel the pains of his retreating health, the cost of medicines, the loss of his job and other pains. If we only take the value of the present time things may look quite different from the future. When the future arrives it shall leave little room for correction. The delight of smoking becomes so meager and the pain becomes significant. Thinking of the present and neglecting the past can be very costly. Time will still tick constantly at every second, but the pain may grow exponentially.

There is what I call Compound Pain Rate in emulation of compound interest rate.
Ali Anani, PhD

A friend sent me recently a video on a person who kept eating junk food for three consecutive months. The shocking results was that his health deteriorated and became equivalent to a person in his seventies. This form of accelerated simulation of human behavior may be very helpful in accelerating time so that we see much sooner the deteriorating effects of small pains that reach a critical level and beyond which curing becomes almost impossible.

Small actions at the present time might be the wings of a butterfly that cause us great pains in the future.
Ali Anani, PhD

I can hear somebody say then what is the value of planning? I say that with accelerated simulations we may see the consequences earlier and therefore plan better. We human are cells that connect to form tissues, then organs, subsystems and the whole body. Like any system there are systemic errors. These errors we may not interfere with. If we try we make things worse. If you haven't seen the Deming's Funnel it is about time to see it in action to realize the effect of not leaving systemic errors alone now or in the future.. You may try this simulation for free here.

http://www.symphonytech.com/funnelexp.htm

Or, you may wish to watch this video

It is a different story when errors aren't systemic. Here we may interfere and may make plans to reduce variations.

Our thoughts lead to our actions. Small actions may lead to catastrophic results in the future. However; it is about time to realize that actions are the products of thoughts. If thoughts are negative and they become a little bit more negative everyday then something damaging might become catastrophically damaging in the future. Thoughts are the actual butterflies. We need first to plan the correction of our thoughts and beliefs so that they may kill us in the future.

The present time flows into the future. The river of time might overflow and get out of control in the future. Remember what is small today and manageable could become huge and very impacting tomorrow. Don't wait for the tide of time to drown you.

A comment by dear Sara Jacobovici for one of her deep comments prompted me to write this buzz.



lisa william Sep 15, 2020 · #55

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#53 great and relevant quote @Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA. Thank you for your assurances. You are a lady with great insight.

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Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA Nov 27, 2017 · #53

Your comment, Ali Anani, "Our thoughts lead to our actions. Small actions may lead to catastrophic results in the future. However; it is about time to realize that actions are the products of thoughts" is so spot on. Abraham Lincoln said "Always bear in mind your resolution to succeed is more important than any other".

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Laura Mikolaitis Mar 6, 2017 · #52

"If thoughts are negative and they become a little bit more negative everyday then something damaging might become catastrophically damaging in the future." - Excellent connection, @Ali Anani. This is an insightful post and offers a good dose of perspective that can be applied to the many tiers of life. Having found myself in the pool of negativity, I can attest to the ill effects of constantly swimming in its waters. Sometimes swimming against the tide can be exhausting and it may mean finding new ways to get to the other side. The same with our thoughts. If we continually think negative thoughts, then our actions and effects thereof may also be negative. But when we dip our toes into a new body of water and start to feel the positive effects of doing so, then we can slowly swim more comfortably and explore new shores.

Time doesn't wait for us, that is for sure. And even the best-laid plans aren't always on solid footing. We have the ability to change and hopefully the self-awareness to be able to recognize when the tides of change are necessary. It can be a slow and arduous process, but like you've said "Remember what is small today and manageable could become huge and very impacting tomorrow. Don't wait for the tide of time to drown you." How true. Excellent insight, Ali. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and Deming's Funnel experience - very interesting.

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#50 Thank you @Emily🐝 Bee. you are a queen bee. I am encouraged by your words and feel the push to keep moving.

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Emily🐝 Bee Feb 26, 2017 · #50

Awesome, insightful and relatable Buzz. Time always seems to be against me, but then has my back when I really need it. Go figure!

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#47 @Paul Walters- very interesting idea- we may live the moment, but crowd our future. We see same thing happening everywhere. We may live the moment, but crowd our future. Yes, we may spend all our earnings today, but then we shall have our future crowded with demands that we can't meet. WOW! I feel this ideas can be expanded on a lot.

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#46 @Cyndi wilkins- so, based on your comment the supply and demand of time define the price of time. This is a special case as the supply of time is only 24 hours a day. So, demand increases and supply decreases from a fixed amount. THis is similar case to land. The supply of land is mostly constant (we may fill sea water to make more land) and the demand is always increasing. The result is bursting of land prices in many countries.

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