Monday, August 9, 2010


Reminiscence is triggered by the most random item or event. Anything can trigger memories to start pouring into consciousness like the rain falls and disturb that very moment in which they return from the grave.  Those pieces of the past, which we had stored deep in our subconscious, appear mostly without our command though at times we pull them out of their hidden retreat for some sort of self-inflected pleasurable torture. When they return alone, however, they are not always welcomed, much less always cherished. Whether good or bad, they are all kept in the file of our past. We seem to have a system that preserves memories as if they were in a sort of film library from which we can choose which to view (re-watch would be more appropriate). Sometimes we watch the good, others we watch the bad. Yet, somehow good and bad are subjective and which memories fall into each category also changes with time. Nevertheless, they all return: some to haunt, some to infuriate, some to soothe, some to provoke a smile...

"La memoria del corazón elimina los malos recuerdos y magnifica los buenos, y gracias a ese artificio, logramos sobrellevar el pasado.”
Gabriel García Márquez

The memory of the heart eliminates the bad memories and magnifies the good, and thanks to this trick, we manage to cope with the past.


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