Friday, August 27, 2010

"Creating the Past Experiment. Week Five."

All the ancient histories, as one of our wits say,
are just fables that have been agreed upon.


Creating the Past Experiment. Week Five.

“I Is the I”

Within the parameters of our Past Experiment, we aspire to discover strategies of practical actualization. If, for example, we experience a sense of self (what we refer to as “I-ness”) in the moment we call “The Present”, then is stands to reason that we previously experienced a time wherein I was the I. Our current research indicates that may not have (actually) been the case.

“The Fluid Past”

If we met in another lifetime, I’m sure I adored you. If we meet today, I will look you straight in the eyes with all the respect you deserve. If we meet again in some other time, I will recognize you, no matter what format you may choose to occupy.

“Somewhere Outside of Us”

Time spent is not always time invested. Time saved is not always of value. Time wasted is not always lost. Today, in our Creating the Past Experiment, we pretended we had all the time in the world. That worked well for us, under laboratory conditions.

“Mapping A Past”

We get to make the way from this time to another as an act of creating. This is our charge.

“Constructing A Past”

When creating a Past, if may come in handy to utilize a template. Through a series of overlays, it becomes a simple matter to cover over those pesky moments of indiscretion, or those kindnesses unacknowledged. Latent joys can be emphasized, and whole series of events manipulated and redistributed.

History... is an aggregation of truths, half-truths, semi-truths, fables, myths, rumors, prejudices, personal narratives, gossip, and official prevarications. It is a canvas upon which thousands of artists throughout the ages have splashed their conceptions and interpretations of a day and an era. Some motifs are grotesque and some are magnificent.

Philip D. Jordan

This concludes week five of the Creating the Past Experiment.

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