Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Accumulation is the Movment of Becoming: Part 6.

So we were saying that both thought and experience are manufactured by memory, in other words, their very existence depends upon the existence, and healthy functioning, of memory. Language and knowledge, as well, depend upon memory in the same fashion. And it is language, which consists of the use of words in a structured and conventional way that strengthens one’s sense of continuity and therefore identification.

We can say that one sense of continuity arises from our sense of time, and another sense of continuity arises from the relationship between language and image. However, as we continue to learn about the accumulating movement, we have come to realize that time, language, and image are intimately related aspects of this indivisible movement. So intimate, in fact, that we can refer to the movement of time, language, and image with one word, thought. Let us, therefore, look more closely at the movement of thought, for I would suggest that most of us have a very limited and misdirected impression of thought and it’s nature. All sense of time stems from one’s capacity to remember. Time is, itself, born of accumulation, the accumulation of images retained as memory. Without the fixed image in mind there is no foundation for time to function upon. For most of my life, time often seemed like an invisible, or at least very subtle, objectively verifiable force pervading the universe. But as I have come to realize, it’s existence depends upon memory, for it is a material process, an inevitable consequence of the healthy functioning of our brain.

The fact that we perceive time to be objectively actual only adds to the evidence of the power of the accumulating movement of mind, which includes perception as we’ve said before. With the emergence of memory came the emergence of time. Time is a purely abstract, conceptual creation that moves, hand in hand, with the perceived movement of life, as we know it. Time also shares an important characteristic with language. They are both standardized structures born from the brain’s ability to retain information. Meaning, the basic form and structure of both time and language is universal, and occurring within the brains of nearly every human on Earth.

Even the perpetual occurrence of the Earth rotating on it’s axis would not be recognized as perpetual, repeating in a consistent manner, and therefore standardized as units of time without the most basic ability of retention afforded to us by memory. And so, the seed of time is memory, and the flowering of time is thought. For, thought, being the response of memory to the present moment gives time it’s legs and complexity. So an occurrence, for example the high tide of the ocean, leaves a mark in memory, which therefore creates the foundation for thought, for the remembered image can now be measured against the present moment and differentiated through the use of language.