How do our anticipations of future events actually guide our actions in the present? A good example of this is the TV Series FlashForward that airs on ABC (Nelonen in Finland). The basic idea of the show is that people black out for 137 seconds and in that time they see a glimpse of their future about six months ahead of time.
What if one would somehow find out their future?
The characters in the series struggle with this issue. The future seems to be inevitable no matter how much they try to avoid it. People refuse to accept the future although it’s given to them on a silver platter.
I think the important question here is how would knowing your future guide your actions? If you had a vivid dream of a future that you’d find desirable, would you do everything in your power to make it happen? What about if you’d merely decide your future and start believing in it?
Our history dictates our future
People extrapolate their future based on their history. Very few people are willing to believe that their future would considerably diverge from the path they’ve already taken.
All you’ve done and experienced is an integral part of the future that you will be having. Our history is an important part of who we are but it doesn’t limit what we want to be.
Do you believe your destiny is a continuation of your past or something else?
That is a question each individual should ask themselves from time to time.