Words from Dic(tionary)
Ahead: (adv.) 1. further forward in space: e.g. he looked at the road ahead 2. further forward in time: e.g. he contemplated the day ahead. 3. in the lead: e.g. the Broncos were ahead at halftime
He is “just so ahead of his time.”
I’ve heard that said about me on so many occasions that I now realize it isn’t a compliment, but rather, a wistful expression of regret.
We don’t like people who are ahead.
Honestly, there are very few individuals who run a race and when they come in fifth, ease up to the winner’s side and give him a big hug. Why? Because he’s ahead of us. We don’t think it’s fair.
And if you have the audacity to be ahead of your time instead of blending into the scenery, matching your coloration with the acceptable taupe, you are not really a blessing. More like an aggravation.
Yes, that may be the first step in becoming a human being. Realize that every blessing at first appears to be an aggravation, and when we adjust to that, we can open the door to see what lies behind the inconvenience.
Matter of fact, someone recently asked me how I came up with my ideas which make me so “ahead of my time.” I shocked the individual by telling him I was a student of history.
I think he believed that studying the past might be the worst way to consider options for the future. But the same ignorance that existed in Eden is still present in our garden variety.
A similar amount of stubbornness, arrogance and inflexibility that promoted murder and mayhem in the past is still lurking in the hearts of the present batch of the sons and daughters of Adam.
Yes, the best way to get ahead is to learn what worked in the past and maneuver it through understanding into a blueprint for the future.
It’s why I never have a problem discussing the importance of equal rights–because my history book tells me that every time we try to limit the personal freedom of any group of people we have been wrong–and end up looking like numbskulls.
This is also why I’m fully aware that laying down religious or moral law onto society through prohibition is equally as comical. Since we’re all the children of God, we are all trying to get away with stealing candy from the pantry. Rules won’t stop us.
So if you want to be ahead of your time, consider what lasts. An old, apostolic philosopher once said there are only three things that abide: faith, hope and love. In other words:
- Believe in good things and don’t give up.
- Think up a good thing of your own and pursue it
- Love people–and when you can’t, leave them the hell alone.
That’s how to get ahead of your time. And it’s also how you end up buying stock on the ground level with Apple Computer … instead of making fun of those “new-fangled gadgets.”