Frozen in Time

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There is a theory which states that nothing in nature is ever truly lost. Our voices, other sounds and incidents just hang around in space.

“An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the tiniest atom; for such an intellect nothing would be uncertain and the future just like the past would be present before its eyes.”

— Essai philosophique sur les probabilités


The great scientists knew that everthing in the world was connected and they used it to state several new principles in relation to physics and other branches of science. How did the scientists know this?  Their brains worked all day long. Their thoughts made sense. And their thoughts became ideas which were implemented so that the world could make use of their ideas. So much work for the brain. Every brain has the capability of bringing out at least one phenomenal idea during their lifetime.

Before the arrival of radio and television who knew that the air was filled with music; images and voices. Who knew that one day humans would land on the moon? Everything was just an idea. The human mind created ways to implement the ideas. These ideas exist. None of them are lost. Nothing is ever completely lost in the world.

But beyond all this is something more powerful- the human memory where many things stay frozen in time.


What is it that makes us remember some events more clearly than the others? Why is it that sometimes images flash up so vividly in front of our eyes? Are they hallucinations? Well no; they are mere memories. Our memory is so powerful that it stores certain occurrences or facts for years together. Our entire learning process revolves around the logical, efficient and coherent functioning of the brain ; aided by of course the vast , expansive memory power we are gifted with. The human memory if measured in terms we can understand can store data ranging from one terabyte to a few petabytes which is a million gigabytes. That much memory capacity would hold enough information to run on a television for a solid three hundred years.

A little something all of us need to remember : the human brain is the genius behind today’s computer system. The brain is the master and every other device and equipment is merely the offspring of the erudite human brain’s innate genius.

How is it; that when you read plain text in black and white in novels colourful images flash up in your mind? How can you imagine voices? How does your brain regulate volume with just capital font? READ THIS LOUD IN YOUR HEAD? Does it even make sense? I’m sure it does inside your head.

Ever had a conversation with yourself when you needed expert advice that you knew nobody else would be capable of suggesting?

Did you know that you taste eighty percent of your food by its smell?

When you see certain beautiful, captivating sights of nature; your mind connects you to the Earth and creates a stronger feeling of belonging.

Your brain thinks, feels, senses and makes all the decisions. Your heart only pumps the blood.

It was the human brain that discovered that the Earth was round and that it moves. The great minds also discovered that the moon and sun also move. And let me lay emphasis on the fact that these discoveries were made way before Armstrong landed on the moon.

It was Einstein’s brain that introduced the concept of relativity after realizing that nothing is actually stationary. The theory of relativity was a big surprise in a world of concrete physics. It is this concept of relativity that astounds physicists even today . It was used to calculate intriguing figures of velocity, mass and time and today this same relativity concept is used to calculate figures as mundane as our college grade points and cumulative grade points.

Is there anything that the human brain cannot discover or invent? What lies beyond the human brain? Is there anything that the human brain cannot process?

The brain stores so much trivia; so many words in so many languages and a few other trillion things.

But the most beautiful thing that brain does is make everlasting memories of unforgettable days. It stores videos; audios and images of happy and sad days.

The many things that we did in our past; we now have the luxury of viewing at leisure. The human eye has a resolution of five hundred and seventy odd mega pixels. This means that you get to view everything in high definition (HD).

All it takes is one word, one sound, one fragrance to act as an external trigger to the mind. This opens the floodgates of the past and memories just keep flowing in.


So it is true that nothing is ever truly lost. Every thing you ever did; every thing you encountered is stored in God’s most wonderful creation the human brain.

Make sure you use your brain in the right way. Make it work. Do not let it be idle. An idle mind is the devils workshop.

And as Sudha Murthy says “It is better to be worn out than rusted.”

While it is not good to live in your past; you may spend some time reflecting on the beautiful things that had happened in your earlier days. After all it is as John Keats says, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”


I am a third year Electronics and Communication Engineering student with a passion for literature. I am an avid reader ;particularly fascinated by modern fiction . I love to pen short pieces about day to day occurrences.