Now, where was I?
“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.” – Alexander Pope
Most of us go through these moments that truly hurt us deep inside. We cry, we weep, we long, and we remember. Almost all of these moments involve human relationships that were once indestructible but are now painful memories. The loss of someone dear, the break-up between couples, the betrayal of someone we once thought we knew and loved. Why do we put so much faith and trust in human connections when we know that it won’t last forever? Because it feels great to be acknowledged, that’s why.
But what if we could one day just wake up and forget those painful memories? Completely erase them from our brains and never have to relive them again. There’s a movie, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” which revolves around a guy going through a procedure of erasing the memory of a girl and this got me thinking; everyone in the world would be much happier if such a procedure exists.
We walk through our hallways and we often see a certain someone that we wished we didn’t know but feel obligated to. If only there’s a way that I can see him/her in another light so that we could start fresh, or even not know each other at all.
Memory is something we have no control over except that it slowly fades away as we get older. This procedure would take it one step further by letting you choose the memories that you don’t want to keep and the rest will be taken care of.
Granted, I wouldn’t know where to begin thinking of how this would work firsthand. Maybe they’d shock you with some mild electricity or use some sort of helmet-ish device. All I know is this kind of service won’t be too cheap due to its significance.
Think of all the big day disappointments you could leave behind, Valentine’s Day memories, Thanksgiving, New Year’s or just a normal day itself. Anything that a human being did to you could be forgotten and you will always wake up smiling and with full of hope. I know I have some skeletons in my closet I wouldn’t mind taking care of. Not to sound like a drag, but I have had a lot of disappointing memories in my lifetime. They’re mostly about relationships though, as most of the problems in life are.
So the big question is, what would you do if such an opportunity would fall on your lap? I’m not asking you to give up human connections altogether, I’m just saying that if such a thing exists, would you ever do it?
Now, if I can only find a way to erase that Gangnam thing from my memory.
Pictures of the Year 2012-2013
6:30 pm | Broadway Theatre - Anything Goes
7:30 am | GVSU Downtown Toastmasters
11:00 am | GVSU Track & Field at NCAA Championships
5:30 pm | MBA Information Meeting: Holland
7:00 pm | Failure Lab
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