F O R E W O R D
We all have a 'story' to tell - much of it half remembered, and some of it forgotten.
Such 'stories' are the foundations of our sense of self, and our sense of identity.
If we are unlucky, and fade into senility as we age - then the 'story' vanishes, along with the awareness of our identity.
If we never tell our 'story', then the individual's 'life' only remains as long as others remember that life - and if all those who knew them finally pass into oblivion - then so does their 'story'.
Some parts of an individual's 'story' are unique - being those moments - either experienced alone, or shared with only a few - a few that eventually are gone - so there is only one tantalising memory left - which needs to be preserved.
So this is the 'Story of Pete'
'However old we become, we yet feel within ourselves that we are absolutely the same as we were when we were young.
This thing, which is unaltered and always remains absolutely the same, which does not grow old with us, is just the kernel of our inner nature, and that does not lie in time.
We are accustomed to regard the subject of knowing, 'the knowing I', as our real self. This, however, is the mere function of the brain, and is not our real self. Our true self is that which produces that other thing, which does not sleep, when it sleeps; which also remains unimpaired when that other thing becomes extinct in death.
The Will itself is still exactly the same now as then. The Will itself, alone and by itself, endures; for it alone is unchangeable, indestructible, does not grow old, is not physical but metaphysical, does not belong to the phenomenal appearance, but to the 'thing in in itself'.'
'Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung'
('The World as Will & Representation')
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