I was listening to the opening speech in the new version of Zeitgeist*. The guy talks about how people in different religions, mainly Christianity, constantly look to the past and the future. They don't seem to grasp the here and now, or if they do they're afraid of it. They don't like it or they can't handle it so they're always looking at the past hoping it'll be okay or looking to their future in heaven when they need a reason to keep going. The sad part is they treat the problems of now like nuisances, they're just worldly problems. They also think their worldly accomplishments are rather meaningless, it's come to pass after all. They look to the future where it will be gone instead of living in the present where it's real. As the guy put it, they live their lives waiting to be dead. I found that very interesting.