The significance of [‘And time, that takes survey of all the world,’] is mainly practical. Life’s time’s fool. By merely elapsing time makes nonsense of all life’s conscious planning and scheming. No considerable action has ever had all or nothing but the results expected of it. Except under controlled conditions, or in circumstances where it is possible to ignore individuals and consider only large numbers and the law of averages, any kind of accurate foresight is impossible. In all actual human situations more variables are involved than the human mind can take account of; and with the passage of time the variables tend to increase in number and change their character. These facts are perfectly familiar and obvious. And yet the only faith of a majority of twentieth century Europeans and Americans is faith in the Future–the bigger and better Future, which they know that Progress is going to produce for them, like rabbits out of a hat. For the sake of what their faith tells them about Future time, which their reason assures them to be completely unknowable, they are prepared to sacrifice their only tangible possession, the Present.

– Aldous Huxley, Time Must Have A Stop