Wednesday Vignette: The Slowness of Memory


There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. Consider this utterly commonplace situation: a man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down. Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his pace, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time. In existential mathematics, that experience takes the form of two basic equations: the degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting. — Milan Kundera, from Slowness, 1995)

Photo taken in mid-Sept. 2015.
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One comment

  1. What a wonderful reflection! It makes absolute sense to me. I’ve read a few other books by Milan Kundera, but not that one. Goes on my list, so thank you for that! 😀

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