Sunday, September 16, 2012

My first thoughts about Weight

I think about time a lot, exploring the ambiguity of it in my endeavors to analyze how we choose to spend each second we have. Yet Jeanette Winterson brought up the concept of the story, the concept that we don't necessarily 'have' seconds. Time is not a possession, a measure, a number. Time is a process. And it is this process, this story, that I began to think about this summer. Everyone has a story. How then, do we delve into the story that makes up the person standing next to you? In front of you? Behind you? We believe our experiences to be shared, yet our stories cannot be. In the context of our story, an experience has an infinite spectrum of value, of significance. What Winterson was able to shed light on was the power that telling a story, perhaps told again, perhaps rewritten, can have on our perceptions. Your story is my story rewritten. It is here that I began to make the connection to Limited Fork Theory. This idea of infinitely unique stories--the extended fork--is bounded by the finite experiences we share with those around us--the limit. We do, however, have the opportunity to gain knowledge for ourselves particularly about the people around us, working to understand the stories that undermine each of our characters. Each of you reading this has value, in many different ways to many different people; in acknowledging that, how many of my story exist? Which one is correct? Are any of them defined or correct? I want to tell the story again. Tomorrow. The next day. Next week. Next year. Because each of them are different--I rewrite my life for every second that I am.

1 comment:

  1. I really identified with your understanding of multidimensional meanings, or perceptions. The way I see how stories are, in their wholeness, likens to the concept of counting. We can count from 1 to 3 and know that a 2 is between them. However, when we begin to acknowledge the infinite numbers between 1 and 3 with the introduction of a decimal point... I guess that's when things get interesting. We could spend a whole life time recording those numbers and never be close to its infinity. I think your post has sparked the workings of my own project...