Friday, December 05, 2008

The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life

You know how if you keep putting one foot in front of the other it turns out that you've actually walked somewhere? I was just reading about H.M., the famed amnesiac who could go anywhere, but not remember where he'd been.

Scientists studied H.M. for 55 years. I've been studying my memories for far less time than that. George Santayana once famously said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But all we can ever do is keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Unless you stop, and look at where you've been, and where you're going, and see if those steps can take you somewhere new, and if that's what you want. Whether or not you're wearing the right shoes is a whole other question.

(In my Amazon shopping cart right now: Santayana's The Sense of Beauty and The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth.)

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