The power of "Now" needs to be recognized, rather than dwelling in the glory of the past. In the eyes of real world, everyone is as good as the news she/he brings today. Still, recognizing the power of "Now" mustn't get confused with the question "What have you done for me lately?" that usually comes from narcissistics and machiavellian leaders who are too self-centered and invariably obsessed with the feelings of entitlement. When you'll recognize the power of "Now", you'll internalize and automatically reorganize your thoughts and actions with positivity....and that's what will give you the tremendous strength, in my view, to deal those narcissistics and machiavellians. So, you must go ahead, and tap the latent power of "Now", right now.
The strength and weakness of reason is that it imposes a uniform way of thinking and understanding. Hence its usefulness is immediate to society but not to that extent to the individuals in the same society; again the reason evolves all the time. The very evolution happened at differing geographical isolations made individuals with different levels of mental capacity; the uniform force of reason of society threatens individual minds that are not fully evolved to grasp the reason; such minds are weak and only attained a capacity to create questions without an ability to generate answers; having created the questions they are ready to receive any kind of answers instead of handling the reason. The reason is a day to day struggle for them while the religion has been made available as a readymade answer for any circumstances. Hence at the level of society the reason wins but at the individual level of practice the reason often fails and that makes religion to win.
The “stream” we call science always flows forward; sometimes reactionary beavers block its flow, but the stream is never defeated by this; it accumulates, gathers strength; its waters get over the barrage and continue on their course. The advancement of science is the advancement of God, for science is nothing but human intelligence, and human intelligence is the most valuable treasure God has bequeathed us.
There are pauses amidst study, and even pauses of seeming idleness, in which a process goes on which may be likened to the digestion of food. In those seasons of repose, the powers are gathering their strength for new efforts; as land which lies fallow recovers itself for tillage.
There may be a point in your life in which you are drowning so fast and fighting it so furiously that you don’t have the strength left to call out for help. At that point don’t expect one of your friends to jump into the water, if you've spent most of your life instructing them to mind their own business.