It is a fun exercise to count the numbers, an interesting task to analyze the possibilities, and an impossibility to perfectly plan the future.
So why bother? With the knowledge that all our best laid plans could go up in flames… why do we set so much store by them?
A man with a plan knows not to die before he has figured out where he shall lie. A man with a plan has a counterattack to every move his enemy makes. He is prepared for eventualities; both what could pass and what might – in reality – never happen.
This ability to plan is in itself tied to man’s ability to imagine. One could say that the most imaginative man is too set in his ways, and the firmly grounded and practical man a free-floater. Imagination analyzes what might be and what has been. It creates connections between the two and it leads to the determination of the way.
However, the practical man knows his course. He has set the past in the past, and the future in his sights, as the latter becomes the present. This man will do what he will to make it through everything, day after day, unceasing in his plans for survival.
One might say the imaginative man has his head in the clouds, but it is from this view above that one can see the length and breadth of his own reality, however distant. Things will be unclear, but they are at the very least, visible.
The practical man sees what he sees of the earth. His part is to live in the moment, and deal with things as they come within his field of vision. They are sharper, more tangible, yet closer than one might expect.
I will not say that one worldview is better than the other, but I will say that I have found myself on both sides on more than one occasion.
College decisions are a perfect example of the intermingling that exists between the two perspectives. Possibilities will be imagined, and though they are distant, they are also much closer than one would think. One can only be elevated for so long, looking over the array of paths to choose. However, at some point, we must descend earthward so as to complete the first step in this journey. Flying can only give one an overview, and in all honesty, most tangibility is lost by the skyward ascent.
Therefore, both heaven and earth must meet in such a manner as to ensure the greatest opportunities for both parties. There is a strength in both viewpoints, seeing what is and what could be. The future will always stand as an unknown, whether 5 seconds or 5 years from now, and so one must be ready, stand vigilant, and mark what shall never be constant for long.
For even if the stars fall – and certainly, they shall one day – there will always be those of both minds who meet as the end comes for all.