The Human Self is Elusive by nature.
Some philosophers suggest that a minimal form of self awareness is an integral element of the way in which all experiences are given.
Our past and future aren’t always better than the present.
Yet we continue to think that this is the case.
These are the bricks that wall off harsh reality from the part of our mind that thinks about past and future happiness.
Religions have been constructed from them.
There’s evidence that our brains do indeed operate this way, many of us possess the Optimism Bias, which is the tendency to think that our future will be better than our present.
Also we can’t deny the Pollyanna Principle that means we process, rehearse and remember pleasant information from the past more than unpleasant information.
A key reason that the good old days seem so good is that we focus on the pleasant stuff and tend to forget the day to day unpleasantness.
The human memories of the past are simply often distorted, viewed through rose colored glasses.
These human delusions about the past and the future are an adaptive part of the human psyche, with innocent self deceptions actually enabling us to keep striving.
If our past is great and our future can be even better, then we can work our way out of the unpleasant mundane present.
Emotion researchers have long known about The Hedonic Treadmill.
This is when we work very hard to reach a goal and anticipate the happiness it will bring.
Unfortunately, after a brief fix we often quickly slide back to our baseline, ordinary way of being and start chasing the next thing we believe will almost and finally make us Happy.
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