Illusion of Memory / Illusion der Erinnerung / Ilusão de Memória / Ilusión de la Memoria

See, memory is an illusion – it’s all gone – so everything you know about, that makes an impression on you, is no longer there.

That memory has got you hooked – it holds you to the past, and it holds you to death.

But on the other hand, what is life, except there is a memory, except there is an echo.

So, the course of time is really very much like the course of a ship in the ocean.

It leaves behind it a wake, and that tells us where the ship has been, in just the same way as the past and our memory of the past tells us what we have done.

That memory has got you hooked – it holds you to the past, and it holds you to death.

See, memory is an illusion – it’s all gone – so everything you know about, that makes an impression on you, is no longer there.

Now the important thing to remember in this illustration is that the wake doesn’t drive the ship.

So you see, if you insist on being determined by the past, that’s your game. But the fact of the matter is: It all starts right now.

It involves in other words; your getting rid of the habit of thought whereby you define yourself as the result of what has gone before – and instead, get into the more plausible, and more reasonable habit of thought.

In terms of which; you don’t define yourself in terms of what you’ve done before, but in terms of what you’re doing now.

And that is liberation from the ridiculous situation of being a dog wagged by its tail.

Your memories are a collection of perceptions of your past experiences, and they influence what you think you are capable of in the future.

Memory changes every time you think about it. Start to question the accuracy of your memories. You are then forced to question the foundation of who you think you are.

Your memories are not as reliable as you think. Not only are you capable of co-opting other people’s memories as your own, but you can also be easily persuaded by the power of suggestion that you have committed acts that have never actually occurred.

Even when it comes to your most confident recollections, the potential for memory error has proven to be profound.

You are who you are and I am who I am because of what we learn and what we remember.

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