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Purpose and Meaning – All Memory is Metaphor

“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“He thought each memory recalled must do some violence to its origins. As in a party game. Say the words and pass it on. So be sparing. What you alter in the remembering has yet a reality, known or not.”
Cormac McCarthy

“And the moral of the story is that you don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.”
John Green

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
Marcel Proust

All Memory is Metaphor

The curious construction of the brain,
the folding in and out upon itself,
the brain within the brain,  inside the brain
creates the myths of Time and Memory

Despite our certainty that remembered joys and sorrows
bear the burden of truth into the Now,
we can not feel again a mother’s loving touch upon our cheek
nor reawake the cruel shame that once laid our heart between our heels

Tucked within those gray, cerebral folds,  each “fact” remains detached,
an isolated granule of sensation without the complex sphere of context
until, recovered in the present, we bend it, lend it “meaning”
and suit it to our selves,  not as we were,
but as we only can be,  as we are now


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