…[B]uried under the footprints of memory and history then opens the empire of forgetting, an empire divided against itself, torn between the threat of definitive [erasure] of traces and the assurance that the resources of [recollection] are placed in reserve.”
from Paul Ricoeur’s Memory, History, Forgetting
This sentence, impacted between semicolons, started so majestically, and then the words “effacement” and “anamnesis” coagulated and blocked all the motion. Will I go to hell if a make a sentence better? Do I become one of the problematics of historicity?