Micro-essays by Philip Dhingra

On Being Present

If you're poor, the lack of money doesn't strike you as something negative at that moment. Rather what's vexing is the thought that that state will persist. The upsetting thing is not that you're poor today, but that you will continue to be tomorrow. If a hungry, wealthy person forgets their wallet when they are on the street, they are technically in the same position as the perpetually destitute. It is oddly through future-attached activities and emotions, such as hoping and striving, that we develop our sense of self in the present.