ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Memory and Mimesis

Updated on July 12, 2014

The first of the siblings

Memory lost a vast collection of names that went missing when Adam named all the animals. It would not have been so bad if Adam had been content to name only the animals, but he did not stop there…he continued naming other things as well such as plants, insects, stones, flowers, waters, scents, colours, lights, and many other things. In this way, he emptied out Memory’s repository of names because, as everybody knows, things like names do not come in infinite numbers, like say…sunlight, for example.

Yes, sunlight is not exhaustible by its sunbathers because it comes in infinite supply — or as some say it is a non-countable noun (even though, the source of the light, the sun, and their number in the universe is indeed countable).

Names are definitely countable,

and even though they can be shared by many ‘place holders’ — or referents, as highly knowledgeable people call them — they are exhaustible by virtue of being useful only if they name a limited number of things. If everything is named by them, then the name becomes useless. Sunlight on the other hand does not become useless if everyone is sun bathing and for three reasons:

  1. The word sunlight can name other things participating in sunlight than just bathers.
  2. The word sunbather is not rendered useless if everyone and everything in the universe is sunbathing because the word names an ‘activity’ that has a limit in time. i.e. Things will not always be bathing in sunlight. They will also be hibernating in darkness.
  3. Countable names — or proper names — are more of a fixed label so they continue to name the thing until it expires. In this way the name does not exist autonomously forever. It needs something to attach itself to and in this way when Adam named everything countable he emptied Memory’s collection.

Found footage of Narrcissus and Echo
Found footage of Narrcissus and Echo | Source

I know what you’re thinking,

dear reader. What about verbs? Are verbs like countable names or are they like uncountable names? On one hand, ‘a man walking for five minutes’ seems to define the walking in time and space and make it countable. But what about the abstraction ‘to walk’? Isn’t that like ‘sunlight’? That depends on whether the verb ‘walking’ come into being from people doing it or whether it was always ‘somewhere’ by itself and when people ‘saw it,’ they went to participate in it. The former would empty Memory’s collection of names, the latter would not.

But before we continue with this line of reasoning, dear reader, you may want to ask, so what? So what if Adam emptied out Memory’s repository of some names. She still has the memory of many other things like light, sky, milk, and high and low. Now high and low may not be much company owing to their rarified nature. But ‘things’ like light, sky, milk, blue, fun and happiness are nothing to sneeze at.

In fact, they are much better company than countable things like cups, cows, stones and plants. Or so it would seem, but alas, Adam also named ‘memory’ and removed this word from Memory’s memory so that now Memory was left with nothing but amnesia.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking

dear reader, if Adam named ‘amnesia’ would Memory have amnesia or not? And conversely, if ‘Memory’ is uncountable, could Adam really separate her from herself? And even if he could separate or divide ‘Memory,’ could not Happiness or Fun or even Blue step in to replace and replenish Memory?

These are very deep questions which require a considerable amount of time to consider but time’s father named ‘Father-Time’ with a capital ‘ T ’ is motioning us to continue with our tale of the two siblings by discussing what happened to Mimesis.

This second sibling lost his prototype and became a shadow. How did this happen, you ask? Well you see, Mimesis lived in a still ‘glassy’ lake where he reflected perfectly his beloved named Mimi — a beautiful boy who descended from Narcissus. So happy was Mimesis to see the joy in Mimi’s face who would come to the lake to admire (his and) Mimesis’s beauty…

Found footage of Mnemosyne
Found footage of Mnemosyne | Source

Then one day a great storm

created turbulent waters that flooded the plains and sent Mimi scampering away. No longer would Mimesis see Mimi or any other boy for that matter. Mimesis searched every lake there was to find Mimi, but nothing turned up. This catastrophe endured for so long that Mimesis forgot what Mimi looked like. He tried mimicking other creatures to assuage his loneliness: tigers, lions, hippos, rhinoceroses, etc. ; But he was out of step with these creatures. Nothing could replace Mimi. For a while, he was consoled by a lover with a similar problem named Echo, but since two negatives can never make a positive, they each parted even more sorrowful than before.

Mimesis degenerated over the years, his skin turning into a dark bluish colour. He got a new job working for the sun as a ‘shadow’ where nobody paid any attention to him, let alone admire his beauty. His name, for lack of use, also morphed from Mimesis to Imago.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)