Please help, I've tried everything but still can't make out what this clause means. The full sentence is:

With the perspective time gives, I now realize that the most fitting statement Don Juan made about dreaming was to call it the “gateway to infinity.”

The official explanation is something like “Looking back, I now realize...”, but I can't see why.

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'With the perspective time gives [to me]...' means:

  • I have found this perspective in the time that has passed.

  • The time that has passed has allowed me to see this perspective.

  • Thanx,I guess I got it,shouldve thought better. Its With the perspective THAT time gives.But was is perspective in this case?Is it "True understanding of the relative importance of things"?
    – L3P
    Jul 3, 2014 at 17:07
  • Roughly yes, @L3P. The temporal distance has provided or allowed for a better understanding of the relative importance of Don Juan's statements.
    – wordsmythe
    Jul 3, 2014 at 18:06

In other words: hindsight is 20/20.

It means that you're often much better at judging a situation after the fact rather than while you're experiencing it.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindsight_bias

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