Can the past inform the present and alter the future ?

I think that it is possible for past events to change the future.

How is this possible ?

If we look at past events and/or things they may spur us to review present day actions and initiate changes which could impact future events. Not in the same areas, but others which we would then be able to look at in a different way.

I remember my mother telling me that my maternal grandmother had a pair of grey gloves which she wore on the train up to London. Once she got there she took them off and put on white gloves while she was in London.

Similarly my father often remarked that in the 1950’s if one had a friend sick in hospital when visiting them one always took a pack of cigarettes as the patient could not go out and get them for himself. The patient’s bed was frequently surrounded by friends and doctors all of whom would be puffing away/smoking.

While both the above activities are not connected, they do strike us here in the 21st century as being rather outdated at best or awful at the  worst.

What might we, here the present time, be doing which will strike future generations as being archaic or incomprehensible? Will they feel compelled to say “what were they thinking ? ” .

Of course it is always easier to look at others’ actions rather than our own, but might societies already be doing this in various areas as functioning democracies ?

On a day to day basis can we discover what our present day ‘ grey gloves ‘ or ‘ smoking in hospitals ‘ actions are ?

About the Author
Yonatan Michael Curry is retired Canadian Public servant who has been a frequent traveler to Israel since 2003. With an interest in daily life and its associated values he brings a fresh, observant and unbiased view on various aspects of Israeli daily life. And not without a bit of humour. Though he has never rented a car while there Yonatan has travelled the length and breadth of Israel.
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