If all you got to live for, is what you left behind
Meanwhile, all this video from the ’70s has me wondering about the future. How can I, as Otto Scharmer teaches, learn from the future, instead of the past? There’s nothing wrong with the past, but it’s not happening in the future. What is?
While pondering that, don’t confuse learning from the future with predicting the future. That, as Hunter says, would be pointless:
What’s the point to callin shots?
This cue ain’t straight in line
Cueball’s made of styrofoam
and no one’s got the time

“Events in my life suggested to me that maybe it was going to be my responsibility to keep upping the ante. I was in an automobile accident in 1960 with four other guys…ninety plus miles an hour on a back road. We hit these dividers and went flying, I guess. All I know is that I was sitting in the car and there was this…disturbance…and the next thing I was in a field, far enough away from the car that I couldn’t see it.

I lost my boots in transit babe, A pile of smoking leather

The car was crumpled like a cigarette pack…and inside it were my shoes. I’d been thrown completely out of my shoes and through the windshield. One guy did die in the group. It was like loosing the golden boy, the one who had the most to offer. For me it was crushing, but I had the feeling that my life had been spared to do something…not to take any bullshit, to either go whole hog or not at all…That was when my life began. Before that I had been living at less than capacity. That event was the slingshot for the rest of my life. It was my second chance, and I got serious.”

– Jerry Garcia, quoted in Playing In The Band
Every once in a while, something happens that shakes us into awareness.