Archiving the Future

Stephen Curkpatrick

Not wishing to lose anything he had previously lived, a certain person sought to archive everything from his past. Collecting and collating textual and tactile artefacts, he also accrued archival and cataloguing devices to manage this burgeoning compendium. 

Obsessed with recording everything from yesterday, he had neither time for today’s contingencies nor inclination to anticipate tomorrow’s challenges, for these could not be recalled before the fact—so collected, catalogued and archived. Yet ironically, this person had already catalogued today, however it unfolds, and archived tomorrow, whatever will occur. Without present surprises and anticipation of futurity, life is already archived.

A disciple is apprehended by another future possibility, which is trusted as authentic.