I have a pencil drawing I made a long long time ago, the moment I realized that we’re always looking into the past, even when we look into the future.
I’m terrible at sketching or any drawing so it was awful but I had to get it out.
It has a car with a mirror in front of the driver. The mirror faces backwards. The driver believes they are traveling forward – and they ARE traveling forward into the future… but they’re not SEEING the future: they’re seeing the past.
Thankfully, we can navigate rather well using the past because many things in life are patterned.
But then, the unexpected thing crashes through the mirror and that’s when you get really confused: How could this happen to me? I had it all figured out!”
But the illusion of KNOWING the future based on the patterns of the past is very persistent and we continue to predict nonetheless, even though we’ll always be facing the past while traveling blindly into the future.