When, Where and how to use the Past
At some point in life, it is inevitable to revisit the past to solve current problems.
The past has been instrumental in numerous occasions such as in wars where tactics of the past have become handy in winning current wars. The past can be a tool for salvation or damnation, it can be used to stabilize or destabilize all depending on the intentions of the wielder.
Not knowing to use it well or using it intentionally badly is the major cause of the inability to advance as a race. here are examples;
Regret over the past action is a major cause of stagnation
Fear of failure due to testimonies of failures is the major cause of the inability to dare,
Blemish habits in critical moments are the major cause of persistent instability in families and nations,
Failing to remember success and to only remember failures in people is the major killer of self-esteem and commitment.
Chronic disorders like Hypertension and depression have a strong connection to the Past
“We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.”
― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
Regardless of the social level in which the Past is used the results can be devastating. Take for example, at the family level, if members are having an urgent matter to solve but had had an unresolved conflict in the past and they bring the memory of that conflict in the current situation, they will be unable to solve it and only make matters worse. The same can be applicable at the national and international levels.
In most cases the past is used to shed light on the unknowns, for example in politics, voters may not have an assurance of what is going to happen in the future if they elect a certain contestant but they place their confidence in the action done by him/her in the past. The future is uncertain but the past is a good guide to that matter. In relationships, the past can be instrumental in making
stronger relationships, by strengthening trust between members
The basis of people's information is their past, words like trustworthy, faithful, innocent, kind, loving, polite, smart or liar, fake, murderer, annoying, incompetent, stupid, they are all results of the Past. It is also evident that in the modern era if you mention a name, people recognize it based on what he/ she has done, Take your time and google your favorite celebrity, what they have done is the information that will pop up first, whether is their movie, show, scandal, their music, sports achievement, etc
“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor.
Our confidence in people is assured if we are aware of their past, not only in politics as I have said above but also in medicine, you can not prescribe drugs to a person without knowing their medical history, in relationships like marriages, you can not marry a person whose past is not known to you, in business, you can not make deals with clients you are unaware of their past, in the army, you can not climb ranks if your achievements are unknown, in hiring workers, you can not hire a worker without evidence of their competence, etc.
There are those names that will be remembered for generations, some are remembered for the good they did, but there are some whom people wish were able to forget about but they can not and their names will be remembered so that we can learn about the past and decide the path which we should take moving forward.
Tomorrow's past can be built, today is tomorrow's yesterday, what you decide to do today is tomorrow's memory, it does not matter if it is good or bad.
Wisdom is not only about knowing facts of the past, it involves the ability to wisely put those facts into use i.e. where, when, and how.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
― Søren Kierkegaard
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Nicholaus J. Materu