Last night I led a break-out group on Reskilling: Memory. As you all can probably imagine, a good memory is extremely crucial to successful functioning in this world. From grocery lists to edible plants, names and faces of people to favorite characters in a story, favorite quotations to entire poems or stories, memory is ubiquitous in almost everything we do. Yet more and more I've realized that Aristotle's warning about the written word replacing good memory is coming true, especially in our technological society. Why remember facts when you can just Google them? That kind of thinking is a slippery slope my friends, with an edge that I have felt myself begin to teeter back and forth on.
That is why I thought it would be a fun idea to have a Memory reskilling. Let's take our minds back from the machines and remind the world--and ourselves--how amazingly powerful the human mind can be. I'm not saying we should aspire to become Homer overnight (or ever...) but if we shoot for the stars, we will land on the moon. If you want to participate in this reskilling with me, find something you've wanted to memorize for a while, whether it be poetry, a short, a quotation, a phone book, whatever, learn it---internalize it--and present it at the next Tuesday coalescence. And then don't forget it! Part 2 of the reskilling is the most important part. After presenting it one week, you'll be challenged to remember it two weeks later, on top of a new piece.
Sound fun? Join me this week in Transition Pittsburgh's first Reskilling: Memory!