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.
The most remarkable thing that happened today for me is that I took a bath. This day is one of those. I have no idea.
Now to what I was saying yesterday about ephemerality, in broad strokes, the line of thought goes like this:
Brainspace is limited, forgetting is crucial to keep the noggins running, nature used to help a lot at this being ephemeral (since we forget by not seeing things anymore for long), but then we started recording things.
Here I will sound like that ancient Greek fellow who famously lamented the invention of writing, yet I will have to double down by pointing out that our experience of the world is now so different sometimes that in some contexts ephemerality is now rare, like in conversations, for example, which must be remarkably unusual to brains unable to consciously forget.
Many thoughts spring from this, like self-censorship, erosion of agency, and haven’t I heard of Snapchat, of course, but then this entry is now too long so I’d probably write about that tomorrow, unless something else comes up.
Enough for today.
Some things I noticed 01/03/2020:
- as if providence was rebuking me for what I wrote in my last entry, music producer Grimes on the Mindscape podcast remarked that “the human psyche is splitting, we have two selves now.”
- somehow a video titled Group Homomorphisms is the first media I consumed post waking up, courtesy of the Youtube algorithm. Good to know, but why? This must be the reason for today.
- WWIII is trending, weird that I was attempting a poem December 31 supposedly ending with the line “welcome to the decade of death” but thought it too grim and didn’t push through; I could have been claiming prescience now. We know what they say about hindsight.