Day 3 of the rewrites. I took out the note about performing one’s ablutions in the original. Still it is curious to realize while writing this that I also did partake of the same today. What a coincidence!
In broad strokes, the line of thought about ephemerality goes like this:
We have limited brainspace. To keep the noggins running, it is important to be able to forget. In this regard nature is helpful for being ephemeral. We forget what we have not seen for a long time. But then we started recording things.
This complaint is not new. Socrates complained about the invention of writing in his time. Yet our experience of the world is so different now. Even ephemerality seems rare sometimes.
For example, we leave records of our conversations by default in some contexts. This must be unusual to our brains. Intent used to not be necessary to forgetting. Now cases when we have to decide which to let go to make space for new stuff are increasing.
Many other thoughts spring from this observation, like self-censorship and erosion of agency. Or haven’t I heard of Snapchat? But then this entry is now too long, so I will write about that tomorrow, unless something else comes up.
Enough for today.
That bit about needing intent is new. I came up with it during this rewrite, because that must be what I meant. Otherwise, what the heck did I mean by what I wrote? Just another old man yelling at clouds, I guess.
Come on Hemingway App, just is a very useful word. Just highlight it all you want. I must not sit in silence while this injustice to adverbs goes on.