Thursday, December 19, 2019

The problem with the past is, it has no imagination

Arendt wrote that each of us stands our ground between the clashing waves of past and future. 

This is a contentious cusp in which we find ourselves. Because if everywhere we go, we drag our past behind us like a turd on a stick, then we never take the chilling but necessary next step into the future. 

That’s the whole problem with the past. There’s just so damn much of it. It has no imagination, it’s terribly unchangeable however we look at it, it’s always exactly the same, and it’s far too easy to romanticize it out of proportion. 

Is it any wonder that we grope among the dry bones of the past, trying snatch at some scorched pleasure to make our present life a little cozier? Is it any wonder that we continue to do the same things over and over again, whether or not those things still work the way they used to? 

We are afraid of letting go. Terrifying of dying to our former selves, growing and evolving and changing into our next unknown incarnation. 

That’s why we cling to the idea of the unchanging self. To avoid death. To tranquilize ourselves away from reality. 

Our prayer, then, buoyed by the optimism of hope and change, is as follows. 

Let us fight against the pressure to live in the past. Let us not freeze in the face of an uncertain future. Let us trust that a whole new world awaits us that is more beautiful than we could possibly realize. 

Are you prepared to live into a future you love? 

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Scott Ginsberg
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