I Come From the Future. You Should Go to China

First, a public service announcement: If you’re waiting for an email from me, or if I’m meant to follow up but haven’t yet – do please forgive. I’ve had a bitch of a month, with my computer getting hacked, then my site going down, followed by my backups being corrupted – it’s been stressful and I’m only now catching up. But, normality has been restored so let’s carry on with our scheduled program…

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“I come from the future. You should go to China.”

I love me a good sci-fi film.

That line is from the time-travel flick Looper, with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In one scene, Joseph tells his boss that he’s planning to go to France.

Boss: “You should go to China.”

Joseph: “I’m going to France.”

Boss: “I come from the future. You should go to China”.

Joseph: “I’m going to France”.

Anyone in his right mind would prick up his ears if a time-traveller from the future dishes out advice.

Whether it’s lottery results or the price of gold – you want to know what’s going to happen, and if someone is truly from the future it would be… kinda dumb to pay no heed.

And yet, most of us – myself emphatically included – are more than happy to ignore, refute or spurn the advice given by people in the know.

Not that I’ve ever met someone from the future yet, but I keep hoping.

I’m talking more about stuff others have learned. Mistakes that they’ve made, lessons and insights – rationally, you’d say we pay attention to those who’ve gone the path before.

Right?

Yeah – inasmuch as humans are rational beings, which we’re not.

 

What is that arrogance we have?

I remember when learning tailoring: my teacher was always telling me to follow the steps, and not take any shortcuts.

But I thought I was smart – so I’d try a shortcut, or change the order of the steps – and invariably I’d lose hours fixing something that should never have gone wrong.

I’ve been told countless times I should record videos, and I know it’s true. But I’ve made one and that’s it.

Despite all the good advice given.

 

The human condition – if only we could actually learn from the mistakes of others, right?

I remember a moment, 20 years ago, telling my abbot that no – I don’t need to learn from making mistakes.

That I prefer to learn from lessons instead, that I’m the kind of person who is able to learn from others.

Yeah, that turned out to be wishful thinking. And, a grotesque level of arrogance, as I proceeded to demonstrate in the years that followed.

I wish I had someone from the future telling me what to do.

But knowing myself, I’d probably not listen, and also go to France.

So let me paraphrase the line:

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I come from sales. You should email daily.

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Here’s help, in case you want to learn how to do it –> http://www.martinstellar.com/starship-mentorprise-writing-coach/

Cheers,

Martin

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