Animals don't have a tomorrow
Ok, we are a community of future studies (one may say), this is a possible perception about Zeit, because in general our object of study is much more connected to the present, to the study of human perception of human expressions and how they walk from there to here and why they tend to go one way and not the other and vice versa. Even the simple fact that our community has emerged now, at this time, already demonstrates important signs of the path of human thought and behavior in our society.
Things, ideas, movements, somehow, erupt at some point and time in society through a series of variables that sometimes ignite here, sometimes ignite there.
The future fever is one of those inflammations. And one of the big ones!
The ability to understand the future, to "futuring" and foresighting, the ability to be able to weave possibilities, is a uniquely human ability: as far as we know, no animal is capable of understanding the concept of tomorrow.
However, there is something nowadays that goes beyond a capacity and sounds much more like an urgency.
Let me tell you, this urgency for predictability, the urgency for the future, could also be something naturally human, if it were something a little less connected to the present. Let me explain: the excess of future is taking away our "capacity of future". When we are constantly living tomorrow, we gradually stop having a tomorrow to live. Now, if tomorrow is always today, there is no need for it to exist.
We can clearly notice this syndrome when we notice the acute lack of time, the chronic social anxiety, the feeling of always being late.
Tomorrow is always now.
A clear symptom is our complete inability to wait.
Without the feeling of peace and fullness of today that only the ability to know how to wait - both the uncertain and the inevitable - gives us, takes away from us precisely the capacity for the future.
There is no future for those who do not wait.
The tragedy is exactly this: without the capacity for the future, we are closer and closer (again) to animalization. Remember, there is nothing more human than the ability of tomorrow, without that ability, little differentiates us from animals.
In order to be a tomorrow, there must be a wait, and safeguarding the wait as a primordial human institute is the essence of the thing. Living in the future takes us away from it. The urgency and immediacy of things and the symptomatic approximation between today and tomorrow, removes this ability to wait from people's perception. A future all ready, all scrutinized, is a future that needs to come soon, but first of all, because it has been seen, it has already come!
There is therefore, based on what has already been seen, the need to design a new one, a new future, in addition to this one predicted, for after it - and that, when noticed, presents itself with the same dilemma.
Future, future, future, today the future is a desperate urgency to the point that one day it will stop its very existence in human perception.
The results - and look at me here making predictions - can be more catastrophic than dystopias with machines replacing man or something like that, because it will be - or it could be - man himself who will cease to be a man by losing in himself the ability that highlighted him: being able to wait, having hope for tomorrow, knowing that things are going and not that they are all gone.
From so much seeking, perhaps he will find, and so man cannot have. Exactly like animals.