Remember the future
While working on my paper for IFLA 50 I stumbled upon Mexican novellist Carlos Fuentes and his wonderful writings, which were originally introduced to me in a brilliant lecture given by Georges Descombes in Sheffield in 2011.
In Fuentes last publication before he died, he wrote eloquently about past, present and future and in doing so turned previous conceptions about time, change and memory upside down:
Remembering the future. Imagining the past. This is a way of saying that, now that the past is irreversible and the future uncertain, men and women remain alone with the scenery of today if they want to represent the past and the future. The human past is called Memory. The human future is called Desire. Both come together in the present, where we remember, where we yearn […] We ought to imagine the past so the future, when it arrives, also can be remembered […]
Carlos Fuentes, La gran novela latinoamericana / The Great Latin American Novel, 2011