Last year one of my ex-students asked me what I wanted for Christmas.
I told her a remote control so I had the ability to erase the last six months of my life.
Memories can be a fucking shit of a thing. Good ones become better, etched into your mind as things that are exaggerated as time goes on, and yet the bad ones, either become worse or you convince yourself that they weren’t as bad as they were.
That’s the trouble with memories. They exist, but only because we remember them.
If you think about that, it’s pretty amazing. We give something completely transparent and non-existent in a material sense, a solid, ‘body,’ as it were, to continue living.
But what if you could erase the bad memories and never have to think about them again?
That’s exactly what this article talks about. Using drugs you can completely alter your memories and thus, they will never have existed.
My first thought was: Great! I could get rid of that horrible experience or the series of events leading to it and essentially obliterate a person I used to know.
My second thought was: but if I erased all that, wouldn’t I also erase all the valuable lessons I learned as a result of those shitty, shitty experiences?
And finally, my third and final thought was: what happens if the drugs also change my other memories?
I’m starting to think I would rather have the bad memories which fade over time as I add new ones to my brain.
But maybe that’s just me.