I experience a general lack of forethought. In most cases, it actually is best to think before, to be thoughtful. In the world today, from small to large, you really see the consequences of quick decisions and lack of foresight! I do not know if the word “forethought” is used in English but it appears in Google Translate when I write the Swedish word “förtänksamhet”. The Swedish word is included in the Swedish Academy’s Dictionary and means thoughtful, deliberative, considerate or prudent. Simply someone who gives a thought on what might happen in the future, and in time adapts their actions accordingly.
Modern people who lack the ability to be forethoughtful like to dismiss this special talent as pessimism, but nothing can be more wrong. There is nothing pessimistic about being thoughtful, considerate and wise. With forethought, the greatest possibilities can be discovered.
In the modern Swedish language, completely wrong and illogical, the word for forethought is replaced by “reflection” (eftertanke). However, “förtänksamhet” has been in our dictionary since the beginning of the 19th century. Unfortunately, early on the word was dismissed by the linguists of that time as a new formation of dubious value. We are still in that delusion, and all of us forethoughtful have to put up with being called pessimists.