Sometimes, you have done something you regret. You want to go to the past to undo what you have done. You cannot do so as you are already your-now-self. You cannot become your-past-self anymore. You cannot send a message to your-past-self.
Sometime in the future, your-future-self would have done something he regrets. He wants to go to his past to undo what he has done. He cannot do so as he is already his-now-self. He cannot become his-past-self anymore.
However, YOU can help him. His past-self is YOU. His past-self is your now-self. You can know what he has done wrong by receiving messages from him.
Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now.
— Victor E. Frankl
Sending messages to your future-self is much easier.
If you want to send a message to your ten-year-later-self, write it down. Put the message in a drawer. Do not read it until ten years later.
This is the meaning of writing.
To meet your past and future self now, just extend you to other people, e.g. your brother, your grandpa …
The method is to extend yourself beyond your personal-self. When you see your younger brother, you may regard him as your past-self. When you see an old person, you may regard him as your future-self.
Learning from other people’s experience can emulate the effect of receiving messages from your future-self.
All life is problem solving.
— Karl Popper
Our only real economic security lies in our power to meet human needs.
So the worse conditions become, the more evident human needs become.
Our security does not lie in our organizations or our jobs; disruptive technologies may simply make them irrelevant.
— The 8th Habit
— Stephen Covey
To learn to think, you need two things: large blocks of time, and as much one-on-one interaction as you can get with someone who thinks more clearly than you do.
— Stephen C. Stearns, Ph.D.
3.5 Time messenger
A time messenger is someone who can send and receive letters to and from the past and to and from the future.
You are a time messenger.
3.5.1 send messages to your past self
You cannot send messages into the past. Even if you can, you cannot receive it, for you have already become your now-self. Only your past-self can receive the message, your now-self cannot.
3.5.2 receive messages from your future self 接收來自未來的訊息
You can receive the message sent by your future self because you are your now-self now.
What if your future self did not send the message you want to receive?
That is nonsense. You are always creating your own future-self. Your future-self is under your control.
How to receive messages from your-future-self?
Vision: 先知先覺 洞悉先機
To receive messages from your future-self, you need vision.
Vision is a function of common sense. Common sense is a function of vast knowledge and creativity.
How to get such knowledge and creativity?
Then imagine yourself as your ten-year-later self. If you are yourself-in-ten-year-later, what would you want to tell your now-self?
1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
— Arthur C. Clarke
I’ve found that people who are great at something are not so much convinced of their own greatness as mystified at why everyone else seems so incompetent.
— Paul Graham
3.4 Living in now-here, eliminate the passage of time
If you have always unleashed all the potential of time, you will not fear the passage of time. Since rather than being gone, time is transformed to something more valuable.
Just like when you have bought something that deserves much more than its cost, you would not feel that you have lost the money.
3.3 You are nowhere but nowhere
People always have an escape-character.
We often think that the past is better than now (good-old-days thinking); or the future will be better than now (procrastination).
Thinking in either way is not useful, for you are always here, you are always in now.
You are in nowhere but now-here.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost
Explanation and interpretations
The poem, especially its last lines, where the narrator declares that taking the road “one less traveled by” “made all the difference,” can be seen as a declaration of the importance of independence and personal freedom. However, Frost likely intended the poem as a gentle jab at his great friend and fellow poet Edward Thomas, and seemed amused at this slightly “mischievous” misinterpretation. The Road Not Taken seems to illustrate that once one takes a certain road, there’s no turning back, although one might change paths later on, they still can’t change the past.
3.2 Now is the past of the future, the future of the past
To get a feeling of traveling into the past, imagine you are a 22nd century person and enjoy the present technologies.
To get a feeling of traveling into the future, imagine you are a 19th century person and enjoy the present technologies.
For Michelangelo, the job of the sculptor was to free the forms that were already inside the stone.
He believed that every stone had a sculpture within it, and that the work of sculpting was simply a matter of chipping away all that was not a part of the statue.