A while back I used to have a lot of conversations with my online ENTP friend. Sometimes we would talk about religion, and one interesting topic that popped up along with that was how we felt about society in the distant future, beyond the time we died.
I don't want to say that he felt strongly about this, but it seemed to play a pretty big part in most of his opinions. When I read later about N's and how they often like to theorize, how they tend to be more idealistic, how they tend to think about the future in big picture terms, and how like the idea of finding any improvements they can, this seemed to fit in a lot with his general mentality. Any idea he had seemed to looking for how society as a whole can be improved, and a lot of his philosophies on life seemed to center around this.
For me...it's not that I don't care about the world after I die, but it doesn't seem to be a priority in how I view the world. I tend to look at life more in terms of my own life, and in some ways I'm very self-centric in that regard. A lot of times I tend to think about how things affect me or those in my life...I'm more focused on what's right in front of me, and I tend to deal with things as they pop into my life. This is not to say that I don't ever think about society as a whole, or that I don't think about optimal solutions to problems, or that I don't do things like conserve resources or recycle...but I don't think it was as much of a priority as it was in the way my ENTP friend thought.
(One could argue about the selfish nature of my view, and I think there's a complexity to that discussion based on the variety of ways selfishness can be interpreted or implemented...but that's not really what I want to focus on).
Looking at it now, I can greatly see how this is related to our MBTI types...my Si vs. his Ne, if nothing else. But I wanted to hear what other people thought about this. It seems like it's more of an S vs. N thing more than anything else.
I say this because it seems like S's focus more on what's in front of them. It seems like other than for the sake of their children, grandchildren, or people they know who will outlive them, Sensors may not be as likely to care about society as a whole after they die. N's, on the other hand, thinking about improvement, idealism and the "big picture", may be more likely to want to leave an imprint on the world, or to somehow contribute something to society as a whole in hopes of it prospering for generations to come.
(While it manifests itself in different ways, I see this being true for both NT's and NF's).
So I'm curious to hear what other people think, either in terms of your own outlook or what you think about people as a whole, particularly in terms of S vs. N.