If you could erase all of your bad memories, would you? Watch
I was thinking earlier about my life, and the good and bad of it so far. The question I eventually came to was:
"If you could erase all of your bad memories, would you?"
At first, the my gut reaction was to say "Yes, who wants to remember all the bad things that have happened to them?", but then I thought about the person I am, and I concluded that the only reason that I am the way that I am, is because of my past experiences/memories. Therefore erasing a traumatic event could also fundamentally change my personality, and while I have regrets and bad memories, I wouldn't want to alter myself.
What would your response be?
The bad ones I would erase are mainly me saying something I shouldn't have said and I cringe when I think back.
I think that you need those bad moments to know when you are having the good moments and you learn a lot more from the bad memories such as what not to do in future.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Edit: But on deeper reflection all I am really saying is that I don't have any memories severe enough to wish to forget them. If I did then I would. There's nothing that would keep me from forgetting memories in principle, so if my memories inflicted significant pain on me then I expect I would wish them gone.