What is More Important, the Past, the Present or the Future?
Liberals would say without question that the future is the most important of the three as the past is over, the present is here but the future is where all potential lies. But Liberals are confused because they really believe that the present is the most important. They pillage both the past and the future to create the present. We can see this in Liberal economic policy and in Liberal social policy. Short term thinking is preferred to any long range plans or visions.
For the Conservative choosing between the past, the present or the future is a false choice. For the three are inseparable. There is a direct line between all three and it is important that each receive the attention that it deserves.
The past is our foundation, the bedrock that allows a stable society to exist, it is here that we can see our Heroes, those who have done great and noble deeds and thoughts. In our past we see our failures and our enemies, our victories and our defeats. The past allows the people of the present and the future to learn without having to endure. We can see how others coped, we can see that others survived hard times. The past gives us courage and it protects us. Not only can we see the sacrifices that have been made for us by those in the past but we can use that to protect ourselves now and in the future. It is a gift that our ancestors bestowed upon us, a great gift.
The present is the here and now, the place where we live in time, but the present is a constantly moving place. It is the place we live and it is the most unstable of all. It never stops moving but our entire life is lived in the present. We all have a past but we do not live in it, our past is past. But it continues to affect us at all times. We do not live in the past, nor do we live in the future but the present is the most fleeting of all. However the present is just as important as the past or the future, for without it the past was for nothing and the future will never arrive. Our present will someday soon be our past and the present will decide how the future will turn out. Of course not only do we live in the present but everyone we know also lives here and it is very important that we try and make the present as livable as possible.
The future is where we all hope to end up, even if by then it is the present. The future is a place of both hope and despair. We hope for a better future, a place where we are respected and the things we believe are also respected. But of course we also live with the fear that non of these things will come to pass. Politically, socially, economically, in foreign affairs and national security and of course personally. The future is not just a place for future events to take place but a place where we want those who come after us to also believe in their future. That those of us who lived in the past gave them a future worth having, a future that gives more benefits than negatives. But we do not hope for a world without troubles for that is not a realistic vision. It is one thing to hope for a better future because that is possible but quite another to hope for a future without problems for that is not possible. We should not set ourselves or those who come after us up for failure.
Many times in my life the past has given me courage, others have done this so can you, it has inspired me and given me hope. The future always glitters with a promise. The problem with life is the present, but if we lose our faith in the past or our hope for the future we have also lost the present. The present is not alone but part of a trinity and it is this trinity that Traditional Conservatives should remember. It can give us strength, we are not alone those who came before us are with us and the future is still to be created so lets fight to create it.
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