By definition, the “past” is over, and the “future” is waiting to be born. The place where we live is the present moment. We breathe, work, build, learn, change, love and forgive, right now, in this present moment.
As my years fly by, I am coming more to value the present moment. So much of my life was future-oriented, striving to get an education, a job, a mate. Waiting for the right time. Chasing success. Postponing gratification. I often missed the opportunity to live and love in the moment, to enjoy life in the moment, and those moments are gone.
Both success and failure are illusions, I suppose. These days I try to live simply and frugally in the present moment. And what of our larger society?
America, and the American economy, also live in the present moment. But at present our industrial base is hollowed out by years of deindustrialization. Too many of America’s leaders put their faith in finance, not factories. Factories mean work; finance means fast money.
The fate of the old drive-in movie theater is instructive. Someone could still make a living showing outdoor movies, is what I think. But the land is too valuable for that simple use. More money could be made by a more complicated use. In the future.
The irony is that under prevailing economic conditions, no investor can risk buying the land and building something grander.
As a result, in the present moment, the value of the 14 acres is being wasted.