Connecting the future self with the present self is a feat that is most impossible with the to-day man. This is because the present man (the man to-day) is present in the now. Every circumstance that occurs is controlled by the present man. The future self cannot compete with such dominance because it is distant and has no affairs in the present.
Unfortunately, actions of the present man directly affects the future man. All power lies in the present to shape the future. How then do we find the ultimate balance in actions of the present so we do not endanger the future self? How do we shift power from the present to the future self? Is shifting power and dominance the solution to safeguarding the future self? There is the possibility that if power is shifted to the future self, the present self is endangered and surprised out of receiving its basic needs.
There is a balance, however. There is some point in choices that breaks (or circumvents, for the passively aggressive) the cosmic paradox used as one of the basic ingredients in creating choice. There is a point where present happiness is maximized without encroaching into future hopelessness.
Finding this balance is the culmination of the old man’s problems.