Here Now

Hannah Arendt on remembering: While remembering we exit the present. Live elsewhere.  

Hannah Arendt in her volume on thinking The Life of The Mind states that
memory stores for us what is “no more” And that this is only possible, in a
modes of imagination – making present what is absent – by withdrawing “
from the present and the urgencies of everyday life.” She quotes Augustine
as saying, we perceived through our senses and an impression is made
upon our consciousness and are stored in memory, “ready to become a
vision in thought the moment the mind gets a hold of it.” But, “what remains in
memory… is one thing, and…something else arises when we remember.”
Arendt sums up memory stating: 

”[Memory] is the most basic thinking
experience, has to do with things that are absent, that have disappeared
from my senses. Yet, the absent that is summoned up and made present to
my mind… cannot appear in the way it appeared to my senses, as though
remembrance were a kind of witchcraft. In order to appear to my mind only, it
must first be de-sensed, and the capacity to transform sense-objects into
images is called imagination. This makes present what is absent in a
de-sensed form, no thought processes and no trains of thought would be
possible at all.

 She says this kind of thinking then is a withdrawing from the
immediate, to a land invisible to everyone but the thinker in a most important
process “of which I would know nothing had I not this faculty of remembering
and imagining.”


While thinking I am not where I actually am; I am surrounded not by sense-objects but by images that are invisible to everybody else.