I would not have known at the time, for I was too young to realize that I was supposed to have a live-in father, just as I was too young to know that I needed a race. From an improbably short span it seems that my father fell under the same spell as my mother and her parents; and for the first six years of my life, even as that spell was broken and the worlds that they thought they'd left behind reclaimed each of them, I occupied the place where their dreams had been.
Barack Hussein Obama
"There is No God (And You Know It)" (2005)
Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror.
I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things.