Object permanence is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be observed (seen, heard, touched, smelled, or sensed in a way). If you put your pen down on your desk and walk away from it for it and come back, what’s predictable? That the pen is where you left it. So much of one’s security comes from object permanence, that when things change, something feels off and even devastating. We expect that somebody here today will be here the next day, and that the work left to do at your job will still be there tomorrow, and that your job will still remain.
I think that perhaps object permanence is not the right word for the subject on my mind but rather, life permanence, or the idea that our day to day lives will or won’t be constant. It’s changed how I think.
It is impressive how a person’s belongings can mean so much to them and how people can amass estates of things, but when a person leaves, all of these possessions just become things. Junk. It is as though the removal of the person removed all the energy from those things and made them worthless. I guess I think about this now because I realize that the things of value that would remain are the IP on my computer/hard drives, and the people that I impacted in some way, shape, or form. Hopefully in my lifetime, I can create something others won’t mind I leave behind.