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Time Perspective

Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, speaks about how different perspectives on time affect how people think and behave:

I believe we must not orient ourselves towards only one of the past, present, or future perspectives, but embrace all three under the providence of our Triune God. Just as it is written in the Anglican liturgy:

“Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honor and glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer, Confession of Sin)

「現在我們痛心懊悔,求你憐憫我們,為了聖子耶穌基督,饒恕我們的已往,扶助我們的現在, 引導我們的將來,使我們樂意遵行你的旨意,歸榮耀給你的聖名。阿們。」(公禱書,認罪文)

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  1. Tim says

    This is so true. I now realize I tend to befriend people with a similar perspective of time as I do.

    Thanks for this video.

    • Anson says

      @Tim: So what type are you?

      • Tim says

        I think I’m some variant of future.

        Just last night we had some discussions on what to do with an overcrowding of the nursery. Someone who has a PAST perspective said: “Hey let’s do this and that, because we did this before in my previous church (many years ago).” My wife, who has a PRESENT perspective said: “Wait, but look at our situation now — are you sure that’s realistic?” And I said, “Yeah and make sure we think about the long-term plan too.” Then it just dawned on me that we were having a discussion while all 3 of us were in different time perspectives.