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Bliss of forgetting

india Updated: Feb 11, 2010 01:10 IST
Khushvinder Kaur

Gracious has been the Almighty to his every creation. Human beings have been showered with the best of his blessings.

Every aspect of human life speaks loud of his generosity, giving all of us a reason to be proud of. One such gift is the power to remember — memory.

Oh! Everyone loves to be nostalgic and walk down the memory lane — innocence of childhood, the zealous youthful days, the first romance and hundreds of other memorable experiences. That is why when John Keats said that ‘a thing of beauty is a joy forever’, he was all praise for our ability to recall our tryst with things enjoyable.

If we ponder a little, we realise that there is never a moment when we don't use this wonderful gift. We love to live the glorious moments of the past and to recall every aspect of our existence and survival through thick and thin.

Its absence would have landed everybody in utter chaos. This era of commercialisation values it all the more. Since dependence on machines is increasing, to emerge the fittest in the struggle, we need to sharpen our skills. But not to worry, we have wonderful programmes to enhance our memory skills so that we do not forget even a single happy moment.

But let us turn and see the other side of the coin. In our attempt to remember more and more, and to become computer-like, we are undermining one very important thing.

It's an equally important gift that we possess — the gift of forgetting. But for this quality in us, just imagine how horrible our lives would be. If we remember each and every terrible, sorrowful, brutal happening in our lives, it would be a sort of living hell. Life has to be smoothened with the healing balm of forgetting, mingled and empowered with forgiveness.

We need to enhance our memory, but we cannot forget to forget!