What Are We . . .
20 February 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
. . . besides our appearance and our memories? Don’t memories subsume our preferences, our likes and dislikes, what we favor or don't? Indeed, can't most all else about us be inferred from our memories? Are we diminished then to the extent we forget, to become lesser a person? Alzheimer's suggests as much. In the extreme case, only appearance is left.
But isn't there more? How we observe, deduce and connect things up and deal with ideas? Isn't that too a piece of us beyond memory? Or is it just a manifestation of a well educated mind leaving its traces as method in memory? So who are we besides our appearance and our ever fading memories.
But it goes from bad to worse. In the extreme Alzheimer's case of virtually all memory lost, is there enough of a person left to be a person, or, more pointedly, to have any concept of a soul. That is, devoid of our memories, are we well enough defined, to even have some sort of soul. A vegetable form is as good a contender, is it not? What is left to be perpetuatable? A spark of life must have some unique spark to be distinctive and worthy of meaningful perpetuation, must it not?
to be continued, maybe.