Contrary to what is traditionally assumed in psychology, we humans do not just react to reality. We are goal-oriented beings and, as such, we cannot help imagining possible futures in order to guide our actions in the present. In this presentation we will discuss how imagining different possible futures becomes a necessary resource to mentally travel, beyond a present that seems to be held in suspense due to the lockdowns caused by the virus outbreak. Imagining the future in current pandemic times will be put into historical perspective and compared to how future was imagined in different regimes of temporality, whether in terms of religious prophecies, Enlighted progress, etc. We will wrap up with some reflections on the inevitable changes and anticipated losses awaiting us in the immediate future.
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