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Do you remember? (Friday Fictioneers)

February 20, 2020
PHOTO PROMPT © Dawn Miller

Memory is a funny thing.

Do you recall events that have occurred in their entirety or only in passing as a vague feeling or a mood that dances on the tip of your tongue?

Would you know if your memory is wrong? A word heard was not what was said?

If your memory was fading… would you know? How can you fight to preserve something as ephemeral as lightning sparks inside an organ made of liquid, fat and grey and white matter that loops and swirls inside your skull?

What is experience? Emotion? Thought?

What is existence?

Are we alone?

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

You can read more of the FF prompt responses here

Word Count: 100

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30 Comments
  1. A lovely and thought-provokinf meditation, Laurie

  2. Dear Laurie,

    As I experienced flashbacks several years back, i asked myself many of the same questions. Well written thought provoker.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    • Thank you, Rochelle. Though I’m sorry to hear about the flashbacks. That can be tough to deal with.

  3. Too many questions! Like everyone, I fear the loss of those precious memories that slip away over time. I like that we humans are so complex that we can’t really understand how our own minds work.

    • I fear it too. And I do love how complex the human brain is. My Poppa has dementia and he is just a completely different person now. Are we just the sum of our memories? And if we no longer have them… What are we?

  4. Liked the way you built this piece of writing – something very atmospheric about it. Well done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  5. Now you’ve got me thinking! Excellent Laurie.

    Here’s mine!

  6. Definite thoughts to ponder to keep you awake at night. Good one.

  7. Our minds the source of our imagination and future. Hold onto the experience while we can. thought provoking peice that I enjoyed.

  8. Good questions, Laurie. I don’t have any specific examples to give, but I do know that memory absolutely is faulty. I don’t think it is a matter of malicious or hidden agenda motives as much as it is that as we change with time our perspectives shift, and I think that shifts our perceptions at least to some extent of the past. All of our synapses are linked and connected by electricity, so the sparks travels the breadth of the network.

  9. I’m trying to recall what you just wrote as i write this…Hmm!
    I might just be out of my depth (rather than my mind).
    Randy

  10. Wow! loads to contemplate here. Very thought provoking.

  11. Beautifully written.

  12. Love this take, Laurie. Many questions to ponder, indeed.

  13. As you get older you discover that you don’t remember or that someone close to you has a completely different memory. Frightening stuff. Good take, Laurie.

  14. Shades of the ancient philosophers, Laurie. Some questions just can’t be answered to everyone’s satisfaction.

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