posted on Sep, 14 2009 @ 11:17 PM
reply to post by kdial1
one thing is, though, if the bad memory was very important/influential/early in my life, then I have laid down a whole subsequent set of
related/consequences-of memories and choices and tastes deriving from (finding grandma's severed head in my wading pool)
if the memory is completely erased, then there's a vaguely disquieting batch of incompletely-understood life story making little (or
even-less-than-usual) sense bits, those deriving from the erased incident...something bad happened, oblivion was preferred to knowledge, that's a
disquieting vote-of-no-confidence in the rational mind..."you were weak and knew you'd stay weak", the feeling could be parsed as, to some
personalities, not encouraging...
if I remember the incident, and that it was bad, and influential, and it just no longer excites me any more to recall/dwell on it...then now I am who
I am because of just some random pointless incident that didn't have to happen and now thanks-to-technology doesn't have to matter much...but it
still got stuck to my shoe...I would find this rather depressing, also...to my taste, give me the vivid misery nature+evolution have prepared for
me...But I expect that there would be people who would have the other inclination or taste and who would thus want to (and I think should be allowed
to, mental freedom and variety, go for it) purchase this product or service...
I actually think it is not so much the content of any bad memory as it is the cognitive/philosophical coping-style that the experiencer brings to bear
on said bad memory, that is involved in those cases that are truly debilitating...but that's my hunch or bias and I'm not carrying any proof for
it...but I do think it is generally accepted that bad memories wear off and/or hurt less with the passage of time, almost everybody would testify to
that in their own life experience, right?
As I recall there was a science fiction story by Damon Knight called "Life Edit" about this exact territory..I have to go somewhere right now but
I'll see if I can find a link to it later...