Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Planning is Memory in Reverse

For the most part, we run our lives in forward gear, or at least we think we do. We're thinking ahead. We're planning. But we also have these memories of things that came before. We spend a lot of time looking in the rear-view mirror. And that's okay.

Because planning and memory are the same thing, really. They are two modes of creation.

With our imaginations, we can think of things that haven't even happened. We can create a whole new world. And we can make some of those things come true.

Memories are creative, too. We have a tendency to think that memories are different, that they actually happened, they're verifiable. But it's really not that simple. We remember certain things and forget others. We discount those memories that don't fit with our worldview.

So really, memory is planning in reverse.