I recently read about Vietnamese-American poet Ocean Vuong. In his many speeches and writings, he references this idea about Noah’s Ark story. A story that we are familiar with, where Noah selects two individuals from every specie on earth, and loads them into the vessel.
But the idea that Vuong stresses, is that the Ark, in essence, is a vehicle that travels from his current present, into the future.
Noah is also denied one most amazing power that he may have been able to exert. Have he not been given the order to select two individuals of every specie, he would have been able to shape the future, to select which specie gets on the Ark and which one doesn’t, and therefore which ones travel into the future and which become extinct.
We are given this power every day. We can decide which of our accompanying personal beasts inside or outside our heads will follow us into the future.
We can even test this idea in the most mundane of situations, like when we move from one home to a new one, or replace our laptop or phone, or even our wallets.
We have the power to decide.