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About the Past Brought to mind by an article at “SHAREENAYOUB”

February 4, 2013

As sometimes happens someone liked, or at least claimed to, an article i had written and to return the favor I followed the link back to see what I was missing.    In this case it was a well written article entitled, DAY -16: I HAVE BEEN A LIVING A LIE.  In any event, read it yourself to get the real flavor, but it reminded me of a question that often comes to mind.  Does the past really matter?

i mean the question in a very specific way, which is to say did I really miss anything by going home that night to study instead of accepting an invitation up to the apartment of  the hottest girl i had known to that point?  Yes, I understand that the past affects the future and that who I am today is in large part based on what happened to me in the past, but that’s not exactly the question.  Is pleasure or pain transferable?  Does pleasure or pain exist outside the time/space continuum?  In other words, does the fact that I had a pleasurable experience ten years ago make any difference to me today, right now?   Conversely, does the fact that I missed out on an experience which could have been pleasurable really make any difference to me today, right now?

There is a problem in the question that goes beyond regrets, and whether one has them, because if those experiences ten years ago don’t matter now, did they ever?  Does anything?  Is it a dark path to follow which might best be left alone?  I don’t know, maybe regrets are better than not having any or maybe I’m just in a mood that leaves me wondering about nothing.

I guess, as it turns out, taking time out to enjoy pleasurable things is the least important factor for the future, and the most important thing in the present…..  If you know what I mean.


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