Thursday, July 10, 2008

What Would You Like To Be Remembered For?

Remembered? A memory has more to do with the one entertaining it than anything to do with the supposed subject of a memory. The only real subject of a memory is always oneself—called forward for our own entertainment and written to our special interests. Additionally, it’s re-written slightly anew every time the memory is awakened, because our needs and perspectives are slightly different each time we call. Memory is much like that river that you can never step in twice.

To paraphrase my perspective of my own memories: Memory is a dubious drink, for the flavor changes each time you bring it to your lips. Given enough aging–from my own experience–the product is more fiction than fact–but what fact is not ripe for becoming fiction?

Then again, I cannot blame memory for the situation, for we can be assured that even the initial scribing of any event was more a record of what we encountered in the mind than in the world. “It seems there is an initial emotional response to any significant experience. Emotions being energy, and energy having mass, per the principle of linear momentum (with objects in a closed isolated system, the total linear momentum of a system remains constant), the distance between actuality and personal perception of an event will increase indefinitely if allowed to progress without intervention. Then, few things pass through this world without some form of intervention. By whatever fortune, the self [ours or those we conjure in memory] of the past is not born of immutable material.” C.G. Walters primarily writes fiction that focuses on the multidimensionality of our loves and our lives. His current novel, Sacred Vow is a metaphysical novel about a man who responds to the mysterious call of [his soulmate], opening the way to redefinition of both himself and his understanding of the world around him…Highly recommended. —Midwest Book Review.

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Marja said...

"Memory is a dubious drink, for the flavor changes each time you bring it to your lips." Are these your words Wow you are quit a poet
I find memory quite intriguing
I think it depends on how strong the emotion is, attached to an event if you remember it. Than again there are different kind of memories.
Have a nice day!

CG Walters said...

Yes, that's me, Marja. Thank you. You are very kind.
I agree about memory and emotion. Funny thing, I read sometime back that psychic activity/ability is also tied with memory and emotion.
Thanks for the visit.
Many blessings to you and all you hold dear,