The Future Will Never Arrive

“Everybody’s working for the weekend.”

A while ago I had a friend tell me that I would always have to do something in my life that I won’t enjoy so that I can enjoy other aspects of my life more. There would always be some aspect of “work” so that I could “play” later. The thing that most surprised me about this statement from my friend was that everyone else involved with this conversation agreed with him. Many people seem to have this notion that unhappiness now will lead to happiness later.

This is very apparent in our monetary system. People take on debt (negative wealth) in order hopefully insure they will be prosperous later. These people hope that someday in the future they will no longer have a burden of debt and things will be better for them. This encourages them to “work” jobs that they may or may not enjoy so they can gradually reduce the amount of negativity (debt) in their lives so they can be happier in the future.

The problem arises when it becomes apparent that the future will never get here. All you have is what you are right here, right now. The past is gone and it will never come back, and the future will always be out of reach. If you choose today to take on something that makes you more unhappy that is all you have, nothing else.

This system may have worked for many people before you, and it might work for some after, but one thing I have learned in my relatively short life is that change is the only constant now. The world as it was 22 years ago when I was born is nothing like the world today. Many of the things we have now could hardly have been imagined back then, and the only thing I have learned about planning for the future is to plan for it to change.

With that amount of uncertainty, how can anyone plan out their debt for the next 20-30 years? How can anyone rely on anything except what they have right now in this instant? Yet somehow, many people are still finding ways to push their happiness further and further in to the future and fall in to the traps our society has created.

I am sorry if this post seems vague, but it is still a vague concept to me. I am constantly told by many people to invest for my future. Sometimes this investment involves taking on debt in order to have it pay off later, but other times it involves storing my wealth so I can access a greater amount in the future. Instead of being told to focus on what I can contribute to the world right now, I am told to wait and try to find a way to contribute later.

This is a concept that continues to push me in circles in my head, but I keep coming back to one question. If I can’t live in the present moment with peace and happiness, what is the point of living at all?

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2 responses to “The Future Will Never Arrive

  • Eso

    There are very few people that get to see that level of objective consciousness, you so creatively expressed in this post.

    If we consider the whole life process as a game, with the “true” end objective of not getting caught by it, we begin to understand that life is not an end to a means, but rather a means to an end.

    It was designed that way, mainly for the quick amongst the walking dead, not the other way around. There is nothing other than consciousness that will survive the total experience, nothing goes with you other than the truth. So why store up wealth and miss the whole experience, on the vague promise of a better life in the future? I totally agree….

    Eso

  • mlbstmnt

    Thanks for the comment Eso, your most recent post on reality ties directly into this,synchronizations amaze me sometimes.

    The problem one faces when taking this mindset is that our culture is entirely against it. You will always be required to contribute something in the form of money whether it be taxes, servicing debt, or providing food and shelter for yourself in order to actually participate in our society. The only real way to get away from this problem is to disconnect yourself entirely from everything and live as a hermit in an obscure place.

    I think the root of this comes from the idea of ownership. Everyone must own a house, a car, some land, and other various material things. If you don’t own things you are essentially worthless in the eyes of our society. And of course, worthless people eventually get tossed out just like the hermits.

    I’m told that I need to begin preparing for “retirement,” but that simply means that I am preparing for a day when I will cease contributing to society and begin to drag on it, drawing wealth from all of the things I have managed to own over my lifetime. Without this ownership, I would have nothing at that point, and if I were incapable of contributing anything that would give me more wealth I would struggle to provide for myself.

    I guess there is a fine line between being a victim of culture and living despite culture.

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