Thankfully, Tetun-Dili, being a Creole, doesn't bother too much with all that. Although there are words for yesterday and tomorrow, most communication just happens in the present tense - say what you see! - which makes life a whole lot easier for a stumbling malae like me.
Or in the good Prof. Zimbardo's language of time psychology, to live life in a goal-oriented manner, rather than operating in the present-hedonistic time zone. If pictures are more your thing, think more green, and less red.
Unfortunately for our struggling pollies, even as allegedly adult voters, as an electorate we frequently behave more like hedonistic teenagers rather than forward-thinking adults.
This makes it somewhat difficult to achieve longer term outcomes when the electorate needs to be placated and is so focused on living in the present-hedonistic time zone.
It's how the global debt super-cycle snowball began rolling more than sixty years ago.2