The gift of being human: foresight. Of all the potential built in to an average human, the most impressive and useful talent we have is the ability to predict the future. Of course we can’t predict the winning lotto numbers, or even what our next thought will be, but we are capable of predicting the outcome of a given circumstance if we know enough about the situation. Introspection, to look inward on your own life is essential to having a happy and healthy life. Generally people are either so focused on outward “success” or so ignorant of their own true self that they never even question their own actions and thoughts. You can think of the human brain as a computer. For most of the time our computers are running in subconscious mode. In this mode thoughts and actions are constructed from data we had no control over and no conscious desire to compute. This is essentially what caused philosophers to argue over whether we have “free will” or not. Do we choose our own destiny when have have no conscious control over the majority of our thoughts and actions. Where and why am i typing the specific words here, now? Why did you just think that thought? Conscious mode on the other hand is when we sit down with the aim of getting an answer to a particular question. The amazing thing that happens when we sit down and try to come up with an answer. It’s not necessarily an answer as in “THE ANSWER”, the perfect, polished, precise answer to our question. It’s an answer that will get us on our way towards our goal. We must then be humble and smart enough to understand that even the best laid plans need to be tweaked and altered. If the flights to the moon didn’t CONSTANTLY correct their course they would have ended up flying past the moon. In a similar vein, the gift of our foresight is only the beginning to us putting our first foot forward.