It is the essential human condition. The future is the quintessential “unknown” and anxiety about the unknown is a basic feature of humans. It also means we all start out in life needing to cope with the future.
We have fears for ourselves, others, the world… But what’s the common thread?
I think it is about control. The future is not controlled, is uncertain, so we fear it. The consequent anxiety leads to many partial solutions, such as cognitive bias, selfishness, risk avoidance, change avoidance and magical thinking.