Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The Man with No Memory (from our series on Fixed Time)
There was once a man who enjoyed life. He was married, had friends, had a happy home and a happy life. He enjoyed being with people and being around people. He was close to his family and friends and shared many likable moments and experiences with them. He was an original but plain and ordinary, a simple man with ordinary values. Then, one day his life changed in a tragic twist of fate. While driving to work, he was hit by a car and taken to the hospital. When he awoke, he couldn't remember who he was, why he was at the hospital, could barely recall people he knew, or what he was doing there. The doctors diagnosed him with amnesia, or partial amnesia, or partial loss of memory. When he was taken away by his family and friends and returned home and they asked him questions about anything he could remember, he was vague. They tried to describe events to him to help him recall certain experiences but to no avail such as being with friends and family at home or at work, attending parties, going out, taking vacations, and work and other activities. He could barely remember who they were and why he knew them or did the things that they described. The people he knew loved him but could not understand why he could not remember them. This is interesting since this man and his partial loss of memory can further illuminate our discussion on fixed properties of time. When the man lost his memory, he couldn't remember the people that were once familiar to him, why and how he knew them, or took part in their lives, and their memories of him, while real or not, are still memories and sights of knowing, and while he remembered them, his amnesia had obscured his memory of them. Thus, he only possessed a physical memory of them, or he only remembered them in a physical way, or the physical time that he spent with them, that was ultimately forgotten whence he was inflicted with amnesia. All his interaction, moving forward, is now stilted to plain memory, such as knowledge of his friends and family but no intimate knowledge such as being able to greet them but not know them in the spiritual sense. Thus, the value of time for him that has passed seems superfluous or extra-natural. That he knew these individuals in a physical time but barely knows them now in a comprehensive way as a result of his partial amnesia, such as a comprehensive time. This man, it can be said, is a time agent, or time carrier, such as a property of time that is fixed due to his partial loss of memory of a time that has passed, that he can't fully remember or know why, since his memory of the former time has been obscured, thus time has cloned itself. Who is this man that knows and does not know? Are the proponents of his memory that know him, owe him; alas, they are not suffering from amnesia, and have experienced time commensurately to him, the man who only remembers them or that experience faintly, through memory, or unreality or unmemory; but is acquainted to them through sense experience, a knowledge of them, a memory, a time that has passed that is unlived or undone, is incomplete or unreal. Has he lived an unreality, a memory of time and not time as it should have been allotted. His friends' memory of him while whole is undermined by his partial amnesia, a point of time that has come full circle to become a future time, a past time, a current time and all time. He seems to love his friends, and remembers them but can't remember why he remembers them. If they are a memory to him and he can't remember them is he a cause of that memory and unremembering. The thought is staggering. Are they truly his friends or are they fitted or unfitted for his time consumption that is eternalized by his sudden amnesia, that he can't remember them but knows them and knows of them but can't remember why? In this state, he is immortalized by his unremembering, and they become for him a form of mortal attraction, and they are once more and remain his friends as a condition of his knowing them and unforgetting. What they think of him, know of him, and remember of him, seems extraneous to their new knowledge of him as a man with partial loss of memory. The clock has been reversed or unwound but much time has passed and memories absconded and abandoned. Thus, the man with no memory shows us that all properties of time are points in time and are fixed properties.