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.
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.
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.
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.