109 • Creations that appeal to the archetypes of man become collective memories.

Mnemonics, the art and science of memory, develops the ability to formulate images, scenarios, or systems [known or invented], and learn (and exercise, as in improve speed and precision through deliberate practice) to link them to random information or ideas.

Imagination is a related phenomenon but with a different purpose: not to remember the past but to experience the present. To formulate images, scenarios, or systems [known or invented], and link them from memory to ideas or information through the filter and magnifying glass of personality, with ideally innovative and exquisite results.

Creativity is a similar ability but serves yet another purpose: to create for the imminent future. To formulate images, scenarios, or systems, link them with imagination (based on memory) to felicitous ideas or information through the filter and microscope of personality and character, and materialize and project the results, give to and share with the world.

Emotions are of course the driving force for the creative process. To pursue memory, use imagination, and to be creative is an emotionally rewarding experience and can bring inspiration and fulfillment if you pursue Kairos¹ and technical excellence with method and abandonment. Emotions feel particularly good when given shape (be it a statue, a sonata, or a kiss) and need an approach, a medium that is provided for example by technique or application. Emotions are the ignited fuel, but technique is the combustion chamber, the engine that propels creation.

Creations that appeal to the archetypes of man become collective memories.

1: Kairos was the other god of time. Chronos, the three-headed father of sequential time [similar to the later Fate, with the sand clock, the hooded cloak, and the tome of destiny] was a personification of measurable time, while Kairos, an ineffable concept, was the personification of experienced time, a supreme moment, a blessed kiss, a metaphysical climax, the ascendance to transcendence.

See: 98 • Kairos


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