“Of the Present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which our Enemy has of the reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present –either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure…
“It is far better to make them live in the Future. Biological necessity makes all their passions point in that direction already, so that thought about the future enflames hope and fear. Also it is unknown to them, so that in making them think about it, we make them think of unrealities. In a word, the Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most completely temporal part of time…”
The damned liars know the truth.
The Screwtape Letters | C. S. Lewis