the impact of memory, history; everything that came before / is yet to come that inevitably shapes us
Paper has memory, and the memory of the fold will always dictate the return to the paper's collapsed form.
There is really no difference between memory and sight, fantasy and actual vision. Vision is made of subtle fragmented movements of the eye. These fragmented pieces of the world are turned and pressed into memory before they can register in the brain. Fantasized images are actually made up of millions of disjointed observations collected and collated into the forms and textures of thought.
We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. Like the images the photographer plunges into a golden bath, our sentiments take on color; and only then, after that recoil and that transfiguration, do we understand their real meaning and enjoy them in all their tranquil splendor.
∆ Georges Duhamel, from The Heart’s Domain (The Century Company, 1919)