3.5.5 regrets

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



2008.03.30 Sunday \copyright CHK^2

3.5.3 deja vu 似曾相識

Extend yourself


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.



2008.03.27 Thursday \copyright CHK^2


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?

1. Read

2. Observe

3. Experience

4. Create

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?



2008.03.20 Thursday \copyright CHK^2

Clarke’s three laws

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



2008.03.17 Monday CHK_2


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



2008.03.13 Thursday CHK_2

3.4 Passage

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.



2008.03.11 Tuesday \copyright CHK^2


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.



2008.03.10 Monday \copyright CHK^2

Road Not Taken

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.

— Wikipedia



2008.03.05 Wednesday CHK_2

As Now

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.



2008.03.04 Tuesday \copyright CHK^2