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February 04, 2008

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Tim J

"Time will tell."

Or *will* it?

Heh.

C.S. Lewis talks about our perception of the future in "The Screwtape Letters";

"...we sometimes tempt a human (say a widow or a scholar) to live in the Past. But this is of limited value, for they have some real knowledge of the past and it has a determinate nature and, to that extent, resembles eternity. It is far better to make them live in the Future. Biological necessity makes all their passions point in that direction already, so that thought about the Future inflames hope and fear. Also, it is unknown to them, so that in making them think about it we make them think of unrealities. In a word, the Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity..."

"He (God) does not want men to give the Future their hearts, to place their treasure in it. We do... we want a man hag-ridden by the Future -- haunted by visions of an imminent heaven or hell upon earth... We want a whole race perpetually in pursuit of the rainbow's end, never honest, nor kind, nor happy now, but always using as mere fuel wherewith to heap the altar of the future every real gift which is offered them in the Present."

Bill

This so reminds me of Matthew 6:31-34: 31

"Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'

32"For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."


I think it presents an interesting look at the philosophy behind the Deomcratic party and the Rebulican. The Democrats to focus us more on way down the road, rather than on what is being done to us today. Where as the Rebulican party looks more to what can we do to fix things now and let tomorrow be tomorrow.

There are pluses and minuses to both - obviously looking to today with an eye on the future (as in don't spend us into debt that will affect us in 20 years) - to don't tax us to death for policies that won't make a hill of difference, or make people rely on the government to prop them up.

DJ

Question, and I'm not very politically savvy, but when Bill Clinton was running for re-election, how much did he focus on futurist ideas? If the Dems are focusing on them right now, how much of that is because there's not a Democrat in the White House and how much of it is because of any tendency to speak pie in the sky type of things.

I think looking at the relative speech patterns of incumbents seeking re-election would probably be valuable data for a variety of reasons.

Jeremy
Where as the Rebulican party looks more to what can we do to fix things now and let tomorrow be tomorrow.

Of late it seems like they're looking more to giving us our problems today and letting tomorrow try to fix it.

Vesa

Of late it seems like they're looking more to giving us our problems today and letting tomorrow try to fix it.

I believe you may be mistaking the Republican party with that of the Democrat -- what with Hillary's pandering which presently includes a top-on-her-list presidential act that would call for mandatory troop withdrawal 60 days subsequent to her taking the reins of the Office.

Talk about "giving us our problems today and letting tomorrow fix it".

Jeremy
I believe you may be mistaking the Republican party with that of the Democrat -- what with Hillary's pandering which presently includes a top-on-her-list presidential act that would call for mandatory troop withdrawal 60 days subsequent to her taking the reins of the Office.

And you expect me to believe that's a bad thing?

Tom

Oh heck...why worry about the future anyway since it's all over on 12/12/12 right? Spend now and let the future blow all our debts away...
(sorry...got lost in a conversation with a relative on this topic and then came and read the blog for a dosage of reality...couldn't help myself...please forgive me)

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