Past and Future

A rethought of the past future theory raised in both lecture and tutorial.

1) Culture always builds on the past.
→ Yes, but we also have culture built on present, such as the graffiti and pop-art.

Graffiti Melbourne

Some rights reserved by ryanscottdavis

2) The past always tries to control the future

→ Yes, like the one child policy,
Past is already past, past can direct the way of present
Future may capable to control the present, such as the deadlines in the future control the workload in present, but may not rewrite what is already written.

3) Our future is becoming less free.
→ It depends on the perspective, top down control (e.g regulations) or bottom up forces (e.g long tail creates the demand of niche markets)

4) To build free societies you must limit the control of the past.
→ Sometimes, control is good. Especially after I received the shoes I bought from Ebay. It is NOT the one I saw in the picture from the web browser! Thus, Ebay need more control.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”——A quote from <Kung Fu Panda>

so, work hard and treasure the gift.

About Blair Gu

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
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