“Childhood flows from many springs…[it would be] futile to construct its geography [or] to write its history.” — Gaston Bachelard
The oppositional pairing of “memory or imagination” might be considered the originating clarification dilemma. Here is the central dynamic associated with figuring out “where-we-are-at” at any moment in our lives. Remember: The point of judgment clarification is to try to figure out “where-we-are-at” so that we can move forward in a direction that is consistent with who we are.
And it all turns on faithfulness: how faithful is our “imagistic” imagination to what is really important to us? If values and beliefs are critical to moving forward, then being genuine with our imagination is critical. Memory stifles imagination by creating unchangeable references. As a result, we give up our freedom by trying to relive the past, when all we really want is what imagination provides to us in any case. The part becomes the whole prospectively through image value and imagination.