We persist as memories.

I have been reading Children of Dune by Frank Herbert, and the philosophical tones of this book are much more pronounced, in my opinion, with this book than the first two Dune books.
A quote in one of the forwards of a chapter is a prime example of some of the most thought provoking things I have ever read in a book before.

The life of a single human, as the life of a family or an entire people, persists as memory. My people must come to see this as part of their maturing process. They are people as organism, and in this persistent memory they store more and more experiences in a subliminal reservoir. Humankind hopes to call upon this material if it is needed for a changing universe. But much that is store can be list in that chance play of accident which we call “fate.” Much may not be integrated into evolutionary relationships, and thus may not be evaluated and keyed into activity by those ongoing environmental changes which inflict themselves upon flesh. The species can forget! This is the special value of the Kwisatz Haderach which the Bene Gesserits never suspected: the Kwisatz Haderach cannot forget.

The Book of Leto After Haraq al-Ada
Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

The sheer imagination and creativity this takes to create, is something I aspire to become. I know that with time, comes wisdom, so hopefully someday.

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