Memory, Money, Persistence, and Propaganda: Four Fragments of Conversation

By Adam J. Pearson

Memory and the Fleetingness of the Present

Windy Kian: Everything a person experiences vanishes instantly;
There is no trace left of yesterday’s experience.

Adam Pearson: Right, there is no trace except for a very limited, diluted, convoluted form inscribed in the neuro synaptic patterns of the brain as memory. The trace is limited, because it is only a fluctuating snapshot of what was experienced. It is diluted because it gets blended with all kinds of other memories in the network of memory as it is stored and processed. And it is convoluted, because it has no clear borders or stable content; it shifts over time. Every momentary experience is unique; it can never be fully captured or grasped. It appears in its full, vibrant reality for a shimmering moment and just as suddenly as it appeared, it is gone, lingering only in modified form as the phantasm of human memory.

Money and Experience

Money is only valuable insofar as it supports life and can enable meaningful experiences. Experience, not money, is the most valuable currency in human life; money is a means, experience is the end.


Shawn Faria: Adam, I have a serious question for you. My friend and I are 

discussing propaganda, I would like to know what do you define as propaganda? D

o you think propaganda can have positive effects on a society, or is it always associated with negativity? 

Are things our parents say to make us not do things still considered propaganda if their intention is positive?


Adam Pearson: Propaganda usually refers to images, audio, or video designed to influence people to adopt a certain position by presenting a one-sided view of it, appealing to their emotions, selecting only information that will compel conversion and leaving all else out.

Whether the intention is positive or negative, if you have a distorted one-side presentation of something designed to compel you to accept or adopt it, it’s propaganda.

Theoretically, there could be good propaganda, for example, propaganda designed to help people to be more peaceful, kind, loving, etc. But such propaganda works towards good ends by bad means: deception, subliminal thought and feeling manipulation, etc. Its ethical status depends on whether or not you believe that “the ends justify the means” or that not only the final goal, but also the means themselves must be good, ethical, virtuous, or justifiable. 

Persistence and Trusting the Universe

When times are tough and life is a struggle, all we can do is trust the universe and its endless possibilities, trust that an opportunity will open up, a way will be revealed…


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