The future affects the pastYour daily landscape is not limited by the living conditions of your present time but rather in the potential of your future. The future defines the sense of transcendence of our lives and sets the boundaries of the horizon of our landscape.
The history establishes limitations on the present (which can be physical, psychological, economic or cultural), but the limits of our landscape arise from the negotiation between the known of the past and the new to explore. In this negotiation, the future defines your horizon. We struggle with daily events from the perspective of your horizon. Without a horizon, the past becomes our future. Without a future, the past becomes our only reality.
People generate self-destructive realities based on two reasons: when their life becomes meaningless (when they lose their purpose), or when they cannot maintain the meaning of their lives (they lose the commitment).
We do not suffer for the pastWe do not live within a sequence of time (that corresponds to machines), we live in a space displayed in narratives. Our oppression is not a problem of time, it is an emotionally blocked space. If the past is still present, it is because we have not been able to transform our landscape. We do not suffer “for what happened to us,” we suffer because we cannot create something new that transforms our inner landscape.
The possibilities to transform your present are in your own landscape. If you want to modify the circumstances of your context, you need to reshape your inner landscape to hold the new in your life.