The PAST: “The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.” (- L.P. Hartley) I’ve noticed the PAST keeps shifting, as well. Me? I frequently see the PAST as being more beautiful than the PRESENT. I have to work on that; but I think the PRESENT should work a little harder, too. As for the FUTURE, I have found we cannot go there; but we can seed it. I have been following current events with fascination, alarm and joy for many decades now – and am always surprised with the next day’s news.
Considering the Greeks, back in the Hellenistic day: I wonder if when they put on their white Togas and walked to the public forum, they thought, “This is the beginning of things. We are onto something great!” I wonder what we think as we put on our whatevers and click in to whichever forum we click in to, do we think:
“Is this the beginning of things?”
“Is this the end of things?”
“My iPhone is not working fast enough. I think I’ll go get a new one. More storage. More better photos. More…?
I read where they have come up with a theory that the Neanderthals died out because they would not cooperate with each other to fend off Homo Sapiens when they came a-calling. (Do you hear the hoofbeats of the past coming up behind you?)
I also read where they say Man has fought Man more than anything else. (See? The past is not as good as it was.)