1. Celtic Skogsra

    Celtic Skogsra Heroic Member

    I just want things back as they were; its not a nostalgia for a past I hated but for a time there was a hope of positive change. Its a very cynical nostalgia, not for what happened before but for my false awareness of better potential, then. Halfway between nostalgia and sickness for what might have been.

    Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt.
  2. Celtic Skogsra

    Celtic Skogsra Heroic Member

    Some time ago I got lost in an English coastal town I know. The vehicle that brought me was only a street away yet still I got lost in the town. It was scary at the time because, though I get lost in familiar places before, it was that time so close to the car. And though I have problems with episodic memory it usually affects a longer time period such as weeks, months or years - indeed I've reckoned years of my life must be forgotten, which in all must surely be for the best. By episodic memory I mean I recall facts easily and am otherwise lucid but I have trouble with the context (order, timing) they happened.

    The incident in the town is maybe unique, but the memory shit has gotten worse. And I don't like it.
  3. Werifesterian

    Werifesterian Senior Member

    Gene Wolfe wrote a novel called Soldier of the Mist about a ancient Greek mercenary who, thanks to a head wound, has no long-term memory. He wakes every morning not knowing who he is or anything about his life. The book takes the form of the diary he keeps and has to re-read every day to know what is going on. As a side effect, he is able to see Gods, which makes him a valuable pawn in the political games of the period.

    I've had some experience with lost memory myself, thankfully it was only a matter of a few hours, so I can relate.

    For a contrast, see Wolfe's most famous work, The Book of the New Sun, whose protagonist suffers from a perfect memory and cannot forget anything. (That series should be of considerable interest to members here as it deals with the end of one historical cycle and the beginning of the next. It's also just plain brilliant.)
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  4. Celtic Skogsra

    Celtic Skogsra Heroic Member

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  5. Arboreality

    Arboreality Member

    I've come a bit late to the thread, but I've found Stoicism very helpful in dealing with pain and discomfort of all kinds. However, it's not something you can just adopt in an instant, you have to constantly be mindful of it and practice it over and over. It gets easier as you go on, but it takes a while. Beyond that, others have already said what I would say about the matter.

    This is unrelated, but Severian is meant to be an unreliable narrator and his claim to have a perfect memory to be misleading at best, a delusion at worst. He recalls facts inconsistently, in fact anytime that he alludes to his perfect memory he recalls something that has already happened but gets a detail wrong. There is dialogue and plot details that he outright omits for one reason or another.

    There are some who even speculate that Severian actually is a mnemonist, but has trouble paying attention to his surroundings, gets lost in his thoughts very often, and/or doesn't actually understand what's going on around him because he's not very smart otherwise. Others would say that the entire tetralogy could be interpreted as a biased political autobiography and that Severian tells the story in the way that sends the messages he wants to send.
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