How to cope with the future?

I don’t know if you’ve been fol­low­ing the news, but things have been bloody hec­tic here in the Unit­ed King­dom in the past few weeks. It’s all quite con­fus­ing; day-to-day life goes on large­ly as usu­al for most of us, while we’re exposed to a state of break­neck change all around. The micro-future seems as pre­dictable as ever, while the macro-future remains whol­ly uncer­tain and unknow­able.

I feel like a rug has been pulled out from under me. The imme­di­ate impact is that I find myself unable to write. I don’t have the focus, the con­cen­tra­tion, or the patience to tie con­nec­tions togeth­er. I need to redis­cov­er the craft.

Here are two things I recent­ly read about the future, writ­ten some 1,850 years apart. I’m not sure how to con­nect them beyond that they point towards some equa­nim­i­ty.

The future doesn’t stop com­ing just because you stop plan­ning for it.

Farhad Man­joo

Nev­er let the future dis­turb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of rea­son which today arm you against the present.

Mar­cus Aure­lius


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