Self Preservation by Memory Loss

28 Oct

We forget a lot of painful things.

Or at least we may remember something was painful, but forget exactly how it felt.

It’s a self-preservation, evolution of our species, let’s keep having children sorta thing. Because if we remembered just how bad everything has ever been we’d be trapped in our caves and would be too afraid to go hunting anymore.

That old saying about history doomed to repeat itself is unavoidably true.  We forget because we don’t want to remember.

And all of us – in some way – look at the people who DO remember painful things and think ‘Come on, get over it.’

I wish we remembered what our life was like four years ago in this country. If we did, there would be no debate about the election.

I wish we remembered what our life was like 30 years ago in this country. If we did, we’d realize both candidates running for President are Republicans.

I wish we remembered what our life was like 100 years ago in this country. If we did, our life wouldn’t be like what it has become.

Maybe memory loss does keep us trying to succeed after past failures.  It’s too bad it also lets us fail again when we don’t remember our successes.

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