Memory does more harm than good
People's memory harms them and others more than helps them.
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There are some things we should forget
Some things are best left in the dark passages of time. Remembering all the shameful or embarrassing things/incidents we've done/encountered is not always helpful, in fact it can prove detrimental in both physical and mental terms(an abused childhood or bad relationship can leave lifelong scars.)
Also if disappointment/failures scare you; thus stopping you from taking risks in the future.
This varies from person to person. In some cases it may make people afraid of mistakes but in many more cases the experience would be a learning experience making sure that we do not make those mistakes in the future(such as overcoming a gambling addiction.)
Wishing away or forgetting past failures or disappointments will not put a physical end to them; especially if they are big financial/educational/relationship failures which are recorded,documented and have consequences in the present.
For example: Bankruptcy, dropping out of school/college, a child out of wedlock, murder/disease in the family etc.
Incorrectly processing and dealing with memories of bad experiences causes post-traumatic stress disorder, not actually remembering the experiences. Treating victims of crises does not involve helping them forget, it involves helping them correctly come to terms with their memories.
Many things we want to remember
Most people have more things that they want to remember than they wish to forget. Of course we could manage without these memories of good times but it would be very wierd to take out photo albums and not have a clue what they are of, whether it would be a happy memory or not. It would create a great deal of confusion about the past.
No good memory comes without attached negative memories, because no experience in life is perfect. At the very least, when you remember something good, you are also reminded that it is gone and you can't get it back, then you long for it and feel sad. If it wasn't gone, it wouldn't be a memory, it would be something you are experiencing now.
Memory is essential
Unfortunately we cannot live very effectively without our memories. We need to remember what we learn through life, either through education or experience, in order to do most things. If you had no memory at all how could you do any job that is reasonably complex or involves interaction. You would not be able to remember what you need to do. What to do if you cant remember where the shops are, or even more basic where your house is? in short memory is pretty essential.
Those skills could be subliminally implanted so they can be drawn upon when needed, instinctively, based on certain stimuli. As memory is unreliable and can be lost, some kind of permanent record would be more appropriate for the vital skills. Amnesiacs can indeed forget how to walk etc.
memory is a part of our lives
We can deny that memory is a essential part of our lives and we are not able to forget completely, even when we try. Everyone has their own memories, someone want to keep them forever, while others try to forget them. Frankly said, memory itsself does not harm anyone, it's us who do.However the memory was, it belongs to the past. So what we should do is try to keep it sleep, think it's the precious thing which can help us live better in the present. thinking this way, every single memory is all respected.
Without memory we have no identity
Our identity is made up of our thoughts, opinions, physical self, memories of our past experiences. Our memories allow us to remember our opinions, how our physical self looks like, our past thoughts and our experiences. Imagine then if our memories ceased to work or more fundamentally if we had no memory.
Imagine a normal man, Jerry. Jerry knows that his names is Jerry i.e. he remembers his own name. Jerry also remembers that he has 4 children, lives in a cottage and has a wife named sheila. Jerry has a liberal stance on politics and ethics and also enjoys sports etc. Imagine then if Jerry had no memory or more simply it stopped working. He would not remember his own name which is a part of his identity in the social and private sphere. He would not remember his children, wife, house, objects, opinions... the whole lot. Jerry would essentially forget all that makes Jerry, i.e. all that makes him ..him. He would have no way of telling that he is Jerry one second and that he is Jerry the next, if this is so then the every person on the planet would forget who they were. This ends up everyone in a un-conscious, bleak brain numbing 'goldfish like state'
Memories are essential in keeping our identity and our identity is essentail for a normal efficient life.
What do you think?