fictional self

Photo: Creative Commons

Photo: Creative Commons

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self-preservation is a memory game

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it is neither enough to remain content

nor to assuage change

survival requires action

supported by past experience

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i reassess my past

so my memories impart change

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i can’t capture the past

as it really happened

destabilized

it can only be contextualized

with new meaning and new intent

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i recall memories

not as they were

but as i think they were

in relation to a present purpose

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and in a present context

memory is held within a bias

of continuous knowledge

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so the same memory

a thousand days ago and now

yields two different results

tinted by experience

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the present is a continual re-contextualization

of every past action

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the unstable nature of my memory

turns every passing moment fictional

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it isn’t enough to acknowledge my fictional self

~

the art of survival

is to exploit it

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