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“Memory is the Destiny of Mankind”

“All Memory Lasts Forever”

Title Quotes by Socrates

Dr Bruce Lipton Phd in Molecular Biology corroborates these title statements in his writings; one of which is called The Biology of Belief. It’s worth reading, if not just skimming. These little/big ‘statements of ancient wisdom’ The titles quoted from the oral philosopher/teacher Socrates circa 400 BC are challenging to modern laypersons who are not encouraged to learn critical thinking skills. But Lipton goes a distance in clarifying anyone’s skepticism and helps to allay tendencies to disbelief through encouraging critical thinking.

The other is The Honeymoon Effect also written by Lipton. It inspired me to think about how ancestral memory is what might be called our ‘ancestor legacy and our human destiny’ which Socrates reminds us is never lost but continually resides and accumulates in the two gametes [male sperm and the female egg] retained in individual’s zygote from the beginning of time. It presages a considerable need for reconciliation for all to live in a good way.

If you practice meditating on this idea you may be surprised to become accustomed to remembering snippets of your ancestors memory contained in your own cellular being. For a start jog your memory with stories told to you by your family of where you came from as a community. Don’t discount any idea that comes to you. Retain it and revisit whenever you feel like it. The bonus is one step in learning critical thinking.

Destiny is a word usually taken superficially today. But it also has the quality of being both a verb and an adjective at the same time. Taken with just a little bit of meditation and critical thinking it blossoms into the definition of human purpose in the mind of the creator. Sometimes called the ‘Gaia’ effect.

This, I think is what Socrates was saying: the future of the universe depends on remembrance of the past as a reliable tool for creating the best future for humans with the purpose of employing the will of the creator. Much like the meaning of the name Athena – ‘from the mind of god’. The greatness of Athena embodied by humans for the benefit of the universe and as a place to live well together.

“However, experimental psychologists and neuroscientists are demolishing the myth that infants cannot remember – or for that matter learn – and along with it the notion that parents are simply spectators in the unfolding of their children’s lives. The fetal and infant nervous system has vast sensory and learning capabilities and it’s a kind of memory the neuroscientist calls ‘implicit memory’. Another pioneer in pre-and perinatal psychology, David Chamberlain writes in his book ‘The Mind of Your Newborn Baby’ “The truth is, much of what we have traditionally believed about babies is false. They are not simple beings but complex and ageless – small creatures with unexpectedly large thoughts.” (Chamberlain 1998)”

“These complex, small creatures have a pre-birth life in the womb that profoundly influences their long-term health and behaviour. “The quality of life in the womb, our temporary home before we were born, programs our susceptibility to coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and a multitude of other conditions in later life”, writes Dr. Peter W Nathanielsz in Life in the Womb: The Origin of Health and Disease. (Nathanielzs 1999) Recently an even wider range of adult related chronic disorders, including osteoporosis, mood disorders, and psychosis, have been intimately linked to pre and perinatal development influences. (Gluckman and Hanson 2004; Shonkoff, et al, 2009)”

“Recognizing the role of the prenatal environment plays in creating disease forces a reconsideration of genetic determinism. Nathanielzs writes: “There is mounting evidence that programming of Lifetime Health by the conditions in the womb is equally, if not more important than our genes in determining how we perform mentally and physically during life. Gene myopia is the term that best describes the current all-pervasive view that our health and destiny throughout life are controlled by our genes alone. In contrast to the relative fatalism of gene myopia, understanding the mechanisms that underlie programming by the quality of life in the womb, we can improve the start in life for our children and their children.”

‘Understanding the Mechanisms’ means understanding that compassionate parental use of their mind, body and spirit (tools for nurturing their children) both in family and in community is human nature’s way the socratic proof for/to deliver to one’s children a well developed character that most certainly matches their personal ‘Eudaemon’s’ encouragement. The assigned personal assistant their universe provides throughout life. Socrates frequently made note of his for all to see. He also said it never failed him.