Foresight

Who would have known that the bomb was going to be exploded at the finish line of Boston marathon? The explosions at Boston marathon on April 15, 2013 caused three death and 180 injuries. Boston was completely locked down while FBI and police officers were man hunting door to door. The whole country was terrified and grieved over this incident. This incident made us realizes that we are certainly living in the world where unexpected tragedy strikes and unpredictable events occur.

What would happen if someone had predicted the terror just ten minute earlier?  Would things be different? We are so blind to the future. We never know what will happen in the future—even five minutes later.

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Foresight is an ability to accurately predict future outcomes. It is an ability to see the “bigger picture” of how certain events will progress and predict the outcome. Foresight requires trend analysis, critical thinking, visioning, and modeling.  Foresight has become an important requirement for entrepreneurs, leaders, and politicians, because they need to “see” potential opportunities or pitfalls lay in front of them.

According to studies done by Addis et al (2007), our memories of past play an important role in imagining future events. Past and future thinking showed to activate many of the same regions of the brain. This study shows that we use our past experience as a “guidelines” to predict future. Also, it shows that people heavily rely on their experience to predict and foresee their future.

Despite all studies and predictions made by human, God is the one who governs this whole universe. Nothing is impossible for Him. We are all under His government and He had planned everything and He governs us in His Good Will.  We can see the miracles He made in the Bible, where He made all illogical and impossible things to happen.

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”  (Proverbs 16:9)

Ralph Waldo Emerson had quoted “All thoughts of a turtle are turtle.” This quote possibly means that people are what they think of—we have limited perception and insights. We cannot understand God’s plan with our limited perception and understanding. Despite, people do foresee and make predictions of future; our future is in God’s hand. We can only be humble under His wisdom and insights.

“God’s finger touched him, and he slept” –Lord Alfred Tennyson

Our hearts are heavy for those who had died and injured in Boston Marathon. We pray for them and their families. God is good and He will comfort all those have grieved and hurt. May God Bless America.

References:

1)  Addis DR, Wong AT, Schacter DL. “Remembering the past and imagining the future: common and distinct neural substrates during event construction and elaboration.” Neuropsychologia. 2007 Apr 8;45(7):1363-77.

2)  Source of Intellectual Discourse. The Publishing House of The Achiever Club. 2011. Aug pages 15 and 21

3) http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/us/explosions-reported-at-site-of-boston-marathon.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

4)  http://emergentbydesign.com/2010/06/15/essential-skills-for-21st-century-survival-part-4-foresight/

 

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