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…


“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.


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:


I come from sales. You should email daily.


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