My Wife’s Logic

Closet door 02In my wildest fantasy I own a house with an infinitely large room which I use for storage. I store every moment of my experience, and have available to me a device with which I can instantly retrieve all stored items.

My wildest fantasy is my wife’s nightmare. “Who will clean the room, keep it organized, keep some free space in your room?”

I will – with my magical device which passes all understanding!

She replies, “But without understanding, all will be chaos, as now, as before, and therefore also in future.”

Why are wives so full of the right logic? Such inverterate spoilers of wild fantasies?

8 thoughts on “My Wife’s Logic

  1. I believe chaos, or more precisely the lack of real time, is the price we pay for memory, and in a larger sense, history. In order for memories to be useful, they must be instantly accessible, in any order we choose – or sometimes without conscious choice. We can’t relive them in real time and sequence. Sometimes the result is a mental “mashup” – unrelated events seem to happen together. In the visual arts, all images ever made and now being made become equally accessible in today’s world. I had a teacher who described this quality as “the telescoping of history”. Sometimes art or architecture takes this a little too seriously – see the current cityscape of Las Vegas, looking like a world traveler’s version of your closet.

  2. To Emily and all the other Emilies in this world: keep hope. The room I described is infinitely large and available to all deserving applicants. Don’t bring a broom – only your uninhibited immagination

  3. I think I have a room like that, Harry. The problem is, I can only seem to access the non-essential stuff from it…!

  4. Inveterate spoiler or prudent enabler? How can you access anything if you are flooded with everything?

    Imagination and pragmatism can be wonderful partners!

  5. To Sean my reply is that making order out of chaos is pacification of others but can result in a creative, even much admired act.Artists often do both . create chaos where order reigned here, and make order where chaos reigned there.

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