Was wondering, in relation to “Threepane” and related, if there was an undue focus on past.
In response, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows:
The past yields to interpretation. The future resists speculation. One has more traction re-learning with the past.
Scheler argues that one can change the meanings of the past through interpretation, repentance, and forgiveness. We don’t have nearly the same mediation of present and future.
In the present, it is never clear whether what we are given will have turned out to have been a reward/gift/blessing, or a punishment. Perceived punishments turn out to have had good effects. Rewards may cast you into unexpected negatives. You hope or fear, but you don’t know until later.
The future is all prognostication – guessing, divining. It’s only when the future is past that we can understand its effect on the present – or change that effect through re-understanding.