Due to some important work by neurocientists concerning learning vice learning theory as propounded by education types, I read what I can (and have time for).
Here is an interesting article in the Olde Gray Hag;
What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: We contemplate the future. Our singular foresight created civilization and sustains society. It usually lifts our spirits, but it’s also the source of most depression and anxiety, whether we’re evaluating our own lives or worrying about the nation. Other animals have springtime rituals for educating the young, but only we subject them to “commencement” speeches grandly informing them that today is the first day of the rest of their lives.
Other animals plan, but humans often plans years and even decades out, and though its less common these days, plans can be multigenerational.