WISPS OF TOMORROW BY K J ROLLINSON

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The French historian, Fernand Braudel once coined the phrase ‘wisps of tomorrow’ referring to the fact that we generally ignore the future with our obsession with the present.

I suppose one of the most famous quotations referring to ‘tomorrow’ is from Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

‘To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow.
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!’

Perhaps we are apt to think of the poetical phrase ‘tomorrow’ as the ‘future’. If we think about this at all, it is usually on the lines of practicalities – marriage, kids, work, house insurance, can we afford a new car next year, etc.

The ‘future’ has been a major source of debate in philosophy, religion (eternity) and science; the definitions have consistently eluded the greatest minds.

Now I don’t…

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