Anamnesis means remembrance or reminiscence, the collection and recollection
of what has been lost, forgotten, or effaced. It is therefore a matter of the very old, of what has made us who we are. But anamnesis is also a work that transforms its subject, always producing something new.
To recollect the old, to produce the new: that is the task of Anamnesis.
I think we have to get better at forgetting the resurrection.
in the movie ‘the notebook’ the main protagonist that the story centers around is a woman who has forgotten the very person she loves. she is completely and utterly distanced from the object of her desire. it is in that moment that she seems to think the world has rejected her – she is afraid, vulnerable and in her mind – alone. the resurrection is the moment that all of the former dissolves into nothingness. her dementia is her disease. this disease keeps her from remembering. she forgets everything. all that she loves is no more. whatever was real is now no longer true about her current reality. in the moments she miraculously re-emerges, she recognizes those things dearest to her. but she can only do such a thing when she forgets it. these moments when everything is (re)newed is the moment when they are most real. if she had not experienced the disease then she may never recognize the very thing that is special to her as/when it re-emerges. it is in this reality, that we must find a way to forget the resurrection. yet, i also posit that our disease isn’t necessarily a rock we hide under, but rather the pulpits we so assuredly stand upon and make proclamations about a reality we have come to know too much about. – it is when we forget about reality that we then find it. it is when we (for)get the resurrection that we experience it. although it is extremely cliche, when it comes to the resurrection (and especially to those who experience the ‘first’ one) – it is absnece that makes the heart grow fonder.