- Aug 2018
Among the reasons this may be so is that the simple future tense is more open-ended than the future perfect tense, the latter seeming to convey a sense of closure and a focus on specific events, which is unlike the simple future tense in which anything is possible (Weick 1979, pp. 198-99). It is well to note that although Weick did not explicitly frame his argument in terms of metaphor, it is really another example of the past-as-metaphor-for- the-future idea developed in this chapter, albeit a more precise manifestation of it. The precision comes in Weick’s conclusion that some futures are more like the past, are more similar to it than others. In his argument, the future described in future perfect terms is more similar to the past than the future described in simple future terms.
future perfect tense appears to generate a sense of focus and closure while simple future tense is more open-ended.
Weick theorizes that future perfect tense casts the description of a future event in more detail.
To consider the future, it may help to treat it like the past, that is, as ifit had already happened. This is the premise Weick proposed in his discussion of future perfect thinking (1979, pp. 195-200). Future perfect thinking is a grammatical prescription instructing managers and planners and all who consider the future to do so in the future perfect tense. Thus rather than the simple future tense as used in a statement like “We shall overcome,” the future perfect128Eternal Horizonstense would have us say, “We shall have overcome.” Alfred Schutz believed that the “planned act bears the temporal character of pastness' (Schutzs emphasis), because the actor projects the act as completed and in the past, a paradox that places the act in both the past and the future at the same time, something the future perfect tense makes possible (1967, p. 61). These were insights that Weick both noted (1979, p. 198) and built upon to explain why future perfect thinking may make it easier to envision possible futures.
Interesting proposal to use future perfect tense to envision the future.
is that happening to an extent with the multiple uses/tenses of "update" in the SBTF transcripts?
- Jan 2018