Saturday, September 24, 2011

Entry and Exit

During the last days at our school, a friend commented - it is all about the entry and the exit. More specifically, he was refering to the memories. His conjecture was that we remember how we enter into a phase and how we leave it. The rest hardly matters. I did put up a debate then. Now, years later, he seems to me as quite correct.

To take a simple example. When you enter a gathering of people, your self conciousness - if measurable - should remain the highest. You need to present yourself there. You may or may not be the star attraction of that gathering. But, your entry demands attention. You remain absorbed in figuring out how the attention will be and how your reaction should be to it. On a different abstraction, the entry can mean your first sentence in a blog or the first mile that you drove. But, the fact remains that your conciousness remains high. With that, the imprint in memory remains strong, too. You may get stronger memory impressions during the execution. Nevertheless, the first impression remains. And the stronger memory impressions during the execution may as well mark your exit !

Same with the exit. It is hard to leave. Just because of the philosophical corollary of Newton's laws of motion. Unless and until one gets set to motion by a force, the preference to stay back is too high. Naturally, the force creates a memory that is very very hard. The force may come from the arrow of time or from a broken love or something else. But, it remains in the memory.

From this, it can be safely said that our life is nothing but a collection of time-points, which usually coincides with some entry and exit. The straight line motion, set by some marks, gearing towards zigzag. 



With this simple argument, what I find of profound importance is to make sure that you create the fondest memories in these time points. Enter the scene like you were born to enjoy the moment and exit the scene like you know the task is accomplished with best effort. The second part of the previous sentence actually marks the duration of execution but, that part, like my friend in school, we fail to appreciate. Partly because it gets into the mundane details and partly because many times the exit catches us unaware.

The photo is from the famous "impossibility" artist M. C. Escher.

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