Then and Now...
“Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then”
Bog Seger, “Against the Wind” 1980
Full lyrics at: www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobseger/againstthewind.html
The above lyrics from a great song by one of my favorite artists have always resonated with me.
In an autographical retrospective of his life and career “Against the Wind” Mr. Seger reflects on a youthful love, moves on to the hard years of paying his dues whilst “losing his way” and finds eventual redemption in major career success.
The line above is one which bears further reflection both due to the cerebral word play and the inherent meaning and implications which they convey. In the context of his autobiographical tale in song Mr. Seger laments a certain world weariness which has (inevitably?)accompanied his success. He yearns for a more innocent time in his early when the dark side of the price of success was yet to be revealed to the younger Seger.
In further contemplating this I found myself wondering – if our knowledge at any particular time is the collective embodiment of our experience in the world to date, would it ever be possible to filter out the negative world experiences which have formed us and retain only the positive life-affirming ones to propel us forward with the same world view of the younger self?
I thought about various filters and their purpose – sound filters, vision filters, substance filters like coffee filters and their intended purpose to leave behind the negative (bad) and retain the positive (goodness).
Intellectuals and students of the human psyche of far greater ability then I might have views on to what extent it is possible to condition the mind to retain only the positive in life and leave the rest behind?