Reality corresponds to the present, but people can have an interest for either past and future. In fact, we can have an interest for present, past and future, but I'm gonna talk to you of people who have a special interest in the past, or a special interest in the future.
During a long time, I was someone most worried by the future. I decided to study science and I tried to imagine societies that never existed before. It is just 2 years ago that I decided to get interested in the past.
In fact, it is two different styles of thinking. Tolkien is an example of person interested in the past, the French science-fiction writer Bernard WERBER is an example of person interested in the future.
Heroic fantasy and science-fiction are two literature styles that reflect either interest in the past, either interest in the future. The pictures shown is from Warcraft III on the left and Starcraft on the right.
I'm gonna try to show you the characteristics of these two styles of thinking. I would be glad you comment this classification.
Characteristics of people interested in the past :
- documented ;
- rigid ;
- conservative ;
- attachment to dead people ;
- old ;
Characteristics of people interested in the future :
- imagination ;
- flexible ;
- for change ;
- young ;
- fast ;
I think each person with a well made mind has an interest both in the past and the future. But if we must have a priority, I think the best is to be interested in the past, because knowledge of the past allows not to repeat its mistakes.
Your comments are welcome.