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by Richardmc
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Thank you for your query, Bahman. My concept of time is explained best by perusing my comments throughout the "Past, PRESENT--future?" postings. I have striven to comment simply and rationally within a logical framework. Whether you find these ideas useful is for you to decide. I hope that some of y...
by Richardmc
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

This is in response to Age's questions. I am assuming that he(she) is serious in his(her) questioning. "Be conscious of 'what' exactly?" Pandemic. "'Who' is being conscious and fearful?" A human. "And, 'what' are they anxious and fearful of exactly?" Anything a human is anxious and fearful about. At...
by Richardmc
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Humans function best when we are as present and conscious as possible, especially in a situation like we have now. Anxiety and fear are future oriented. They drain energy from our presence without benefiting anything. Realizing this may help us to reduce such activities. "Be here now" is practical a...
by Richardmc
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

'Future' is not real until it becomes present. We can enhance our chances of a good future by living in a good way now. This is called karma, or 'As you sow, so shall you reap.' You have free will and are the boss of your destiny, if you choose to take control and to accept responsibility for your b...
by Richardmc
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

This posting is again open for responses, thanks to a clearing of a computer glitch. Pertinent and thoughtful replies are welcome!
by Richardmc
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

If God does not have knowledge of the future, then humans would be capable of free will. Otherwise, we are all slaves to our predetermined existences. Can we reshape the image and perception of God? After all, it was humans who initially dreamed up his characteristics, which included omniscience. We...
by Richardmc
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

'Commonsense' and others talk about "future reality", while I have maintained that reality occurs only in the present or has occurred in the past."Real" is defined as "occurring or existing in actuality", and "actual" as "existing or occurring at the time." Time always starts now and does not yet e...
by Richardmc
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

p.s. by saying 'timeless truths', I mean knowledge.
by Richardmc
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

'Commonsense' and others talk about "future reality", while I have maintained that reality occurs only in the present or has occurred in the past."Real" is defined as "occurring or existing in actuality", and "actual" as "existing or occurring at the time." Time always starts now and does not yet ex...
by Richardmc
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Maybe I can put this better. The future is not real because it has not yet happened. Reality occurs and begins when it happens. The future is not real because it has not yet happened. Of course I accept that the future is a valid concept of things to come, but it is not yet reality. I hope that I ha...
by Richardmc
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Wearing a seatbelt is an example of prudent behavior. In other words, acting now(reality) to avert possible danger, which might or might not occur(future). OK, but if the future isn't real why are you worried about future danger? Once again, I did not say the future is unreal. I said that the futur...
by Richardmc
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

This is written to unify my statements and to add a couple of sentences. "There is a crucial division between the past and present vs. future. Reality happens or has happened- it does not exist in the future. If it has not yet happened, it is not real, other than as a concept. This is also true of ...
by Richardmc
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

It's true that the future doesn't exist, but our present and past moments influence which path to walk down in the now now now. Well said. I would like to revisit the question that was asked of Richard earlier. I am rephrasing the question slightly to emphasize the meaning I found in it: If you, Ri...
by Richardmc
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Atum wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:23 pm
It's true that the future doesn't exist, but our present and past moments influence which path to walk down in the now now now.
Sorry I didn't initially acknowledge your post, Atum. That is exactly what I am saying. Thanks.
by Richardmc
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 117
Views: 3607

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Thanks for your thoughtful input, RCSaunders, which addresses the specific statements I made. I'll try to respond as well as my limited communication skills will allow! You ask, what do I mean by past? I mean past is reality that has happened and is now static. Only the present is dynamic. Paradoxic...