How Where You Are Stuck in Time Affects What Virtues You Resist Developing.
The virtues like self-discipline, organization, and determination are rooted in time in the past whereas virtues like courage, optimism, and idealism are found in the future. When they work together in perfect unity, they are capable of achieving almost anything. When you are stuck in the past because of fear, such as the fear of terrorists attacking your country or the fear of immigrants taking your job, then it becomes almost impossible to have the virtues connected to the future such as optimism and creativity and courage. You look to the past for your answers and believe that the answers lie in the past. It becomes hard to develop new abilities or to express yourself in creative endeavors. Oftentimes, you look for a leader who will restore order, restore the past.
When you are stuck in the future because of the fear of tyrants or bad authority, then it is difficult to be organized and determined. You consistently look to the future to solve everything when maybe what you need is in the past like sticking to a plan that has given you great results. For a large portion of my professional life I had to deal with authority figures who tried to keep creativity out of the organizations. As a result I had the tendency to not develop the virtues like determination and organization. I was fighting against the way the leadership was relying on tradition for doing things and not letting in new approaches. When leadership was more balanced, then I could be self-disciplined and creative, trying out new things and using older ones.
For some people the past always looks bright and the future looks very frightening. The goal is to hold onto the past. For others the future always has the solution because the past was full of inequalities and abuses of power. To achieve great things there is always a need for a balance of both energies. Courage to try new things balances with determination to finish what you began.
When we are in a state of fear, one way or the other, that we tend to not relate to time in a balanced manner. Where are you stuck in fear? Do you look for the past for solutions primarily or the future?