The Presence of the Past
"How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity." -- St. Augustine
The presence of that past, is called memory. Our memory is more than just the ability to remember: it is the repository of all our experiences and knowledge; a vault for our fears, our hopes, and our dreams; the locus of our understanding, a place where ideas emerge. The breeding ground for consciousness.