Instead of fully living the moment, we turn it into memory as we go

She:
For what’s the use of holding on to our memories if we can’t make new ones?

Me:
Why should we make new memories?…

She:
Why?… This is how we go on in life: by living it; creating new memories as we go.

Me:
You see…there is the heart of the matter: creating new memories as we go,
do we really live life?…- or we are constantly experiencing a mere projection
of what we think it´s life and living…?

WHY DO WE HAVE THE URGE OF CREATING NEW MEMORIES?

Let´s ponder:

For most of us, NOW doesn´t really exist…- as this very moment is mostly the outcome of other memories – successes, failures, deceit and traumas, unfulfilled hopes, etc; and that being so, we invariably add the memories of this un-lived moment on top of those earlier memories, becoming more and more petrified, insensitive and invulnerable to whatever is new and imponderable – Life…

Indeed, we end up fighting against Life, this present moment becoming an irreversible threat. Hence we constantly empower and reinforce our very conditioning – which perpetuates itself through – what other, than?… – memory.

If we objectively and dispassionately understand this insidious mechanism, we start considering the very nature of our Conditioning.

Seriously following this pursuit with an unbiased mind, you will find that memory derives directly from Fear – which is, searching for inner and outer security, protection of the false identity; after all, memory is the main element which isolates us from “the other”…

Again, memory prevents us from plenary living this moment, from being open to Life, now….

Once we earnestly explore the nature of Memory as the core of our conditioning, we have the chance of being free and alive…

Culture and conditioning

Culture cannot exist without memory.

Culture means tradition. And tradition?…- It means obsessively repeating certain patterns again and again, thus creating conditioning – that is, ever reinforcing the past.
Culture is time. As we want to ensure our survival, we see time as continuity and possession, and so we create – among other peculiarities – “classical music”.

So basically it all boils down to this: the “classical” versus this very moment…

Is this very moment “classical”? Hardly ever… Does the moment need to have continuation and become “classical”? No it doesn´t – unless we start to categorize it. All problems arise when we start “classifying” the moment.

What´s more important? The child – taking some nonsensical tones on a piano –, or a symphony by Beethoven? If we are sane, we wouldn´t give a damn about Beethoven´s music and rejoice in those few tones of the child.

It is all about this: a child tinkling – which is the metaphor for the joy of Now – or Beethoven which means tradition. Tradition versus now. Tradition killing us systematically…
Beethoven´s music (tradition) suffocating our Soul (our graceful Now)…

WE TRANSFORM THE MOMENT INTO “CLASSICAL” BEFORE IT HAS A CHANCE TO BE ALIVE. Living is therefore “possessing” for most humans, that´s why they are afraid of Now. Most people have no real life, due to being possessed by the culture they are part of…

So yes, in this perspective, – with few exceptions like Prokofiev, Stravinsky or Scriabin – I find Western music from Bach on, incredibly tedious and redundant. The heart beats now, and our entrenched perception turns this Now into preposterous abstraction. And of course, ABSTRACTION IS HEARTLESS as it tries to reach the timeless through thought patterns.

The intention is positive yet the outcome disastrous.

To make my point:

A great zen flute player was once invited to perform at the court of some Chinese Emperor. So there was the musician in the front of the noble audience. He takes his flute, blows one single tone, bows and leaves. Nobody heard from him ever since. .

Questions and the questionless

Let us ponder a moment – linger with every question:

Does Time exist?…
What exactly is Memory…? Who remembers what?…”What” remembers who?…Why…?

Would time exist if there was no remembrance…? If time and memory didn´t exist, could we ever speak about “Culture”?…- think about this… as for sure, what we call culture is the outcome of memory.

If memory didn´t exist, we couldn´t possibly speak about conditioning either, could we…? “Why” couldn´t exist if there was no conditioning, as conditioning means possession ultimately. Again, no possession – no Why.

So if time, memory, culture, conditioning and possession didn´t exist, there wouldn´t be such thing as “Knowledge” either…Yes, Knowledge is possession. Our conditioned knowledge and thirst to possess is called Science.

Subsequently, if there is nothing to possess, neither What nor Why would be any justified viable issues.

Now, this being said, I ask you: as there is no such thing as What or Why, could there be any “goal” or “purpose” to achieve…?

This is the most quintessential question deriving from it all – because if there is no purpose nor goal to achieve, it means that the only existing thing is Now – blessed and infinite Freedom. If we really penetrate and comprehend this, things like Science, Art, Music would be total different things than what we presently ascribe them to be.