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The Persistence of Memory

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A door opens. A door closes. One electron spins. Another electron in the annals of space and time spins with it. Yesterday, one of the threads of my life spiraled to its end, yet the end is an illusion. A spiral never ends: it only starts to spin anew.

            The thread to which I refer is Core, a yearlong crash course in History, Music, Philosophy and Literature. Yesterday, I heard my last Core lectures. We discussed the labyrinthine short stories of Jorge Luis Borges, specifically Emma Zunz and The Garden of Forking Paths. After an hour of discussing the tantalizing spirals and word mazes Borges uses to portray time, my philosophy professor rose to discourse on Sheldrake’s theory of morphic fields.

            It blew my mind

            Really, blew my mind.

            Morphic fields are like vibrations or radio waves but they carry thoughts and memories. By Sheldrake’s theory, memory is not housed in your brain, but rather in your personal morphic field which is a part of your family’s morphic field, which is part of your community’s morphic field which is part of Humanity’s morphic field.

            So what’s that stuff between your ears for?

            Your brain is the radial that is sensitive to the fields and the changes in them.

            In physics the other day, my professor described how Celsius and Fahrenheit performed almost the exact same experiment on temperature scales within a brief span of time. They were not in contact with one another. Similarly, many mathematicians suddenly and independently of one another, developed non-Euclidean geometry within a ten-year period. Why does this kind of thing (also known as a paradigm shift) happen?

            According to Sheldrake, it’s because living creatures are receptive to shifts in their morphic fields: they literally resonate.

            Sheldrake also claims that the more times an action (such as a prayer) is repeated, the stronger a vibration it creates in the morphic field. Furthermore, the vibrations can heal physical afflictions and emotional wounds.

            This brings me to last night’s Holocaust commemoration. Every year, survivors, their families, their friends and other members of the human race gather in the Theatre Arts arena at MC to try and grasp the meaning of millions. Millions of people died in the Holocaust and not just Jews: Poles, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Gypsies, homosexuals, Africans, intellectuals. Millions suffered.

This is an annual commemoration: it is something we are embedding into our morphic field. Why? For one thing, it is a healing mechanism. The scars on those who experienced the horrors firsthand are permanent. The cries still resonate so powerfully that even we three or four generations removed are deeply disturbed by them. I have often heard the sentiment that we must ensure “this never happens again”. As human beings, all of our actions and memories become a permanent part of the human morphic field. Every act of non-violence, every act against genocide is forever catalogued in our collective memory and increases the chance that future generations of humans will be kinder to one another.

One person can make a difference. One electron spins another. One thread spirals, and every thread in the tapestry spirals with it. 


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