“We are caught in psychological time as the memory of the past and the hope for the future. We don’t know what it is to live totally now. Now is life, not behind or ahead.”
Public Talk 3 in Ojai, California, 19 April 1975
The past is our guide to the future until the present makes it clear that we are walking backwards. Do we stop and turn around to face the unknown, or do we just keep walking the only way we know? Apparently, the latter. But why? What does it take for us to awaken to our blind determination to succeed at what we can only imagine? Why can’t we see that the ongoing process of succession is determining the future, and that success is taking succession head-on, not ass-backwards.
Why not ass-backwards? Why not turn our backs on succession since there’s nothing we can do to prevent our eventual death? Why should we face that which will take our lives if, by facing it, we lose our will as well? Everything we are we’ve become by willfully walking backwards. Without our will we’d be nothing.
Do you think we’ll ever get tired of walking backwards, stop and turn around just to see what we’re determinedly not facing?