Many years back, we used to go to some friends house to watch movies/ TV, play video games etc. So, we were gathered in one such friends house and there was a reality based serial that started in the TV. They asked one question : What would you do if you get an invaluable (big) diamond accidentally? And went for a break.
Since we were a group, we started saying all sort of things, like I will sell it and buy a house, buy car, buy this, that and everything else. One of my friend told that he would immediately throw it in a river/ bury it deep enough so that no one would ever find it. We all laughed, but the significance of that comment dawned on us once the TV show progressed.
There was some village, where someone had indeed accidentally got such a diamond. Now, other people too somehow got to know about it. And very soon the whole village was after that diamond. The diamond started passing from one person to another, till no one knew who was having it! So, the normally peaceful village split in to many groups and started fighting with each other.
All this was happening even though no one knew for sure if that diamond was a real one or not. There was a very good chance that it might have been some sort of crystal or glass! So, people were fighting for something they perceived to be invaluable!
This reminds me of this quote: “We first dig out gold from deep inside the earth, and then lock it in safe cellars and put guards to keep it safe, but never touch it afterwards. If some alien from mars comes and happens to see this, they might wonder why we have taken so much efforts!”
I am sure that even in our lives, we think a lot about perceptions. ‘If this had been like this, it would have been so much better’. Whether it would have been better or not, no one knows. But, one thing is for sure – We are definitely losing the present, thinking about what might or might not have happened!