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If you could only carry one memory with you into the afterlife, which would you choose?

You cannot distinguish clearly between memories.... they are all tightly connected into one long continous string, from the day we're born till the day we die. Yes, of course you can take out a piece of those memories, a fragment, but it would always be incomplete, without context.

And a memory without context is like a line without meaning, food without taste. If you do not remember what came before, and what came after, it loses the value you initially put into it. So, you cannot take only one single memory with you into your afterlife, because when you then look at it, you would always wonder...

Why? When? Who?

You sit back with a single facet... a moment in time, a time that is no more and of which you have no recollection.

And you would end up hating that facet, since it would remind you of the things you have lost and can never regain.

I wouldn't bring any memory into my afterlife.

Muse: Severus Snape
Fandom: Harry Potter
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Date: 2005-05-14 10:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tru-calling.livejournal.com
Don't you have any nice memories then?

Date: 2005-05-14 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sev-ensnared.livejournal.com
Oh, I have many nice memories, make no mistake. I just think memories are best enjoyed while they still have a meaning, while I still have something to connect them to.

Date: 2005-05-14 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tru-calling.livejournal.com
Because they are not the same when you look back at them? You twist them to suit yourself?

Date: 2005-05-14 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sev-ensnared.livejournal.com
I think you are misunderstanding me.

They remain the same, but if it's only a singular moment, and you don't have the memories that are connected to it, that explain why you reached that point - be it wonderful or horrible or just interesting - it's only a picture without connotations.

Would for example, a memory of the moment you fell in love be the same if you did not have the memory of meeting the person? Of getting to know her or him? Of sharing the first kiss? Or the last...

Date: 2005-05-14 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tru-calling.livejournal.com
Oh, *nods slowly*

I understand now, one point in time is not good enough if you can not say how you got there.

*smiles*

Date: 2005-05-14 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sev-ensnared.livejournal.com
It may be for others, I can only speak for myself.

If I really had to choose a single memory, if would be a sensory memory...

But then again, how to choose between so many pleasurable sensations?

Date: 2005-05-14 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tru-calling.livejournal.com
*blushes, looking at her feet*
Indeed.

Date: 2005-05-14 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sev-ensnared.livejournal.com
*arches eyebrow slightly at the blushing*

Did you choose a memory? Or are you, as a goddess, above such mortal issues as an afterlife?

Or have you perhaps considered the question in a rhetorical sense, simply for the sake of the exercise?

Date: 2005-05-14 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tru-calling.livejournal.com
I haven't choosen on yet, I have a lot of time to sift through, we all can die, one way or another, but we can come back from the underworld.

Date: 2005-05-14 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sev-ensnared.livejournal.com
Ah yes, of course.

I have wondered about one thing though.

Should you die by some unfortunate event, would you stay in possession of your memories both in the Underworld and upon your return to the land of the living?

Date: 2005-05-14 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tru-calling.livejournal.com
I couldn't tell you, I haven't died.

I am guessing once you are dead you do not remember, but I cannot say.

Date: 2005-05-14 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sev-ensnared.livejournal.com
*nods but looks speculative*

You have never met anybody who has died and then returned from the Underworld?

Date: 2005-05-14 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tru-calling.livejournal.com
*bites lip, looking down*

I have been away from the gods for an age or more.

Date: 2005-05-14 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sev-ensnared.livejournal.com
Oh, I see.

May I ask why?

Date: 2005-05-14 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tru-calling.livejournal.com
I fell in love with my best friend and couldn't watch him and his conquests

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