The past is not a happy place.
Some beams of light here and there, but more likely you’ll find landscapes of the past littered with disappointments and regret.
Which is why human beings prefer to live for the future.
The future’s a blank canvas, you can paint it whatever colour you want!
Put in lots of gold!
More deep red!
Often those colours we painted our futures with are tones that turn out to be too strong for our present realities.
We’d like to buy that Z4 roadster in five years, but we’re struggling to meet the repayments on this sputtering Myvi.
We want that lake-view condo quick, but it’ll take 10 years on our meagre salaries before we can even afford to put in the downpayment.
We end up creating a future of unachievable goals, and as time passes, we grow increasingly bitter and disillusioned by any promise of the future.
It really was probably our own fault.
Futures conjured from fancies are bound to be revealed as fanciful.
We ignored our pasts: origins, families, cultures, names, because we found them lacking against our grand ambitions.
Instead of air and desire, they should have been the bricks we built our castles with. Does it matter if the first bricks were rough bricks, or dark bricks, or light bricks, as long as they held up?
After all, humble as our backgrounds were, they were powerful enough to bring us here and make us creatures of great dreams.
This edition of ISSUE explores this idea of looking for the powerful reserves that already exist within our selves and how those latent energies can help us better understand ourselves and the world around us.
So self-help, I know, but as you’ll hear in the podcast interview with writer Dina Zaman, it is these things that make us act and think the way we do, and the more we know of them, the better we know of ourselves.
I’m sure this is an experience shared by all our contributors.
I can’t read minds so I can’t be 100% certain, but I suspect the depth and insights obvious in this month’s ISSUE resulted from the authors’ explorations of their souls.
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