This tactic was on full display during 2020/2021. If you paid close enough attention and paused to take notes, you could even say you were treated to a veritable masterclass in how the rudimentary machinations of today is tomorrow work.
Today is tomorrow works most effectively when constructed upon a foundation of fear or doubt. If you can scare or confuse people into believing that today’s rumor, hype, anxiety, or event will inevitably extend into tomorrow and the next day, and the day after that, then you can persuade, cajole, trick, or threaten them to take action in the present for something that does not exist and may never exist in the future.
However, today is tomorrow is not solely a fear and doubt problem. At its core, it is a freedom problem – the frank admission that it is best to surrender the day’s freedom for the promise of a burden-free, secure tomorrow.
At a deeper level, it is the relinquishment of present and future spiritual freedom. And let’s not kid ourselves – spiritual freedom represents a big part of what the tactic seeks to capture because without that freedom, we cannot create in the present or the future.
And if we cannot create, we become passive and powerless.
Today is tomorrow only works if we accept the dictated terms of engagement. The tactic frays the moment we refuse these terms and stand fast in the reality that the dictated today is not and certainly does not need to be our own personal today. And that goes double for the dictated tomorrow.
Today is not tomorrow. Not only that, but their today is not our today. Moreover, tomorrow only becomes theirs when we fail to show up for ours today.