Communication With Our Future
By Roy D. Follendore III
By Roy D. Follendore III
When we see a sudden flash of lightening it can sometimes be
hard to connect that event with the thunder that may come many seconds later.
Within our minds the lightening exists as what it is. The thunder exists
as something else. But in truth what these things are arise from the same
instant and the same event and so we must deal with our perception.
we are living in an age where people are trying to provide "instant"
communications. The fact is that it just isn't true. There is no
such thing as an "instant" messaging service.
the fact that humanity constantly lives in the past. Nothing reaches our
brain that has not already happened. By the time that our brain senses
what has happened we are actually within the future from any event. Our
brain compensates for this cognitive delay by assuming that sensory information
is always current and now rather than delayed and later.
you consider this you can understand why communication is about sending messages
into the future. Even as I type this page the delay between the moment
between my thought and the reflex in my finger puts these words into the future.
The delay between the moment that my finger presses a key and it appears on this
screen is further into the future. The storage and transmission and the delivery
of this communication from my mind to your mind are just more extensions from
this moment to your moment.
sending you this message from the past to someone that may or may not exist.
You are reading this message in the future from someone who may no longer exist.
Certainly if we both exist now then in the future we will not be the same.
You will have knowledge that I do not. I have knowledge that you will not
and when you are reading this, I may not know what I know now. The bridge that
is represented by this message is narrow and only operates one way. I
cannot take everything that I may need across it because I do not know what I
may need and you may not ask.
we know each other, you could ask me a question sometime in the future and I
could then reply in the future, though your question and my answer would forever
exist in the past. There is this continuum to human communication that is
independent of our individual existence. Any message in transit from the
sender to the receiver is stored along the path. The message that is not
communicated as a consummated transaction is a stored record.
some machine has the capacity of man, man machine communication will be
different than man to man communication. The human mind has the capacity
for mortal empathy, compassion, loyalty, and honor. Man attempts to
influence the functional operation of machines but man attempts to influence the
thinking of other human beings. It should be obvious from this that if man
is not involved in the transaction then compelling human communication can not
take place. Each time that we attempt communication and fail we store one
more record in the past for a potential future.
fastest communications machines cannot teleport us into our future no matter how
much we may wish that to be true. We may try to communicate instantly
through technology but we fail because instant communication is not possible.
This instant or the last instant or the next instant is relative and therefore
the future is always relative. Though each message that we create for the
future compels us to accept that what we are communicating exists in the here
and now, though we are actually compartmenting the moments of our past.
Each compartmentation that we open to consummate communication in the
future delivers unforeseen influences. For those in the future, these
influences can be seen simultaneously as opportunities and dangers of an
unnecessary uncertainty of a moment long gone.
communication represents opportunities for both obtaining unknown knowledge and
confirmation of knowledge that would have otherwise been lost. For those
in the future, past thoughts and actions can be validated and certain knowledge,
communicated from the past to the future can change the course of future events.
Communicated knowledge can therefore be perceived as a threat if the decisions,
thoughts and investments that we have made in the past are proven to be wrong,
incorrect or immoral in the future.
may not be comfortable manipulating or replacing traditions but from our
perspective the alternative is for us to allow the future to live in ignorance.
Maybe we should be so lucky right now. No I mean now. No now.
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