We’re not sure how many people worry about this, but think for a minute about the future you.
That’s right, you, in maybe 10 years.
Apparently most people are incapable of doing this is any realistic sense. They can look back on their lives and see all of the various changes and
bumps in the road. But looking forward, people only see an eternal now. They see themselves unchanged.
Why does this matter? We at Worlding think it may say something about attitudes toward difference and newness. People who don’t expect to change could very well resist ideas they don’t understand. And let’s not even think about people who live in the past. Certainly the last year’s political confrontation have shown us the close-mindedness of Teapartiers and others who cling to memory at the expense of all else. So, as the New York Times reports:
“When we remember our past selves, they seem quite different. We know how much our personalities and tastes have changed over the years. But when we look ahead, somehow we expect ourselves to stay the same, a team of psychologists said Thursday, describing research they conducted of people’s self-perceptions. Continue reading “A message from your future”