[QUOTE]Originally posted by pete:
wanting to change reality of the past and the present and the future based on false premises. [/QUOTE]
To truly learn from your past you have to be willing to leave the present and truly dwell upon the past, that's not 'escape' from reality, it's just a shift in perspective.
Staying with the present all the time is impossible...trying to do so is a mindless denial of all the other things a mind can accomplish.