I mentioned in a previous post that I was reading a book called 'The Evolution of Useful Things', here is a little snippet that I love:
Here, then, is the central idea: the form of made things is always subject to change in response to their real or perceived shortcomings, their failures to function properly. This principle governs all invention, innovation, and ingenuity; it is what drives all inventors, innovators, and engineers. And there follows a corollary: since nothing is perfect, and indeed, since even our ideas of perfection are not static, everything is subject to change over time. There can be no such thing as a "perfected" artifact; the future perfect can only be a tense, not a thing.
I love that passage.
What do you think? Is the future perfect relegated to the status of tense, or can it be a thing?