Wednesday, June 27, 2012

And I Mustn't Give In

Hello Wednesday and hello kind readers stopping by. Looks like it is time for some Choose and Defend Wednesday. I think this one is going to be very tough! It is good to be challenged though, right?  Remember, just make a choice and, if you can, comment on why you made that choice...Choose and Defend. 

Would you rather...

Lose All Your Past Memories
OR

Be Unable to Form New Memories
Honestly? This one is kind of painful to even contemplate. There isn't a GOOD choice is there? But sometimes, that is just how it goes.  Give it some thought and then, please, Choose and Defend!

10 comments:

jamesostafford.com said...

Great googly moogly, Laura B. That's a tough one. I think I'd go for "keep my old ones." If nothing else that one inoculates me against ever having to remember anything horrible happening to my children, and that's something I can't even contemplate. I get to remember them young and happy forever? Yes, please.

silverthoughts2 said...

Um, that is HARD...but I guess I would have to go with the last one...only because I can't think of living without having anything good to look forward to. At my age, ideally I have more time to make new memories then past memories I already have stored up.

silly rabbit said...

Yikes! Not even the comments here are sparking ideas to help me decide this one.

I certainly do not want to lose the memories of my kids. But on the other hand, I have the man now and we are making new memories that I want to remember.

I suppose that I will have to choose to lose all my past memories. I can't imagine a world where I do not get to watch my grand kids grow up. At least then I can have my kids tell me all the happy high lights of their lives with me. And I get to lose the bad things that happened. I also have journals and things I have written to read about the past... which fades a bit anyway.

Tara said...

I would hate to lose all of my past memories...well not all; I wouldn't mind losing the bad memories. However, I like forming new memories because life goes on, right? We must look to the future if we want to remember the past...or something.

I guess my reluctant choice is "lose all of my past memories".

FW said...

It's not so tough a choice, I'd lose my past memories. With no ability to form memories you wouldn't have much of a life. How could you hold a job or a relationship down? Those old memories will just have to go, not all of them are worth keeping anyway.

laura b. said...

James: That is nice take on the question. As a parent, I can totally appreciate it. One for Unable to Form New Memories.

Silver: Yes, you are quite young, so I can see this viewpoint as well! One for Lose Past Memories.

Silly: I'm glad this was a thinker :) I like the idea of having people to fill in the past...good idea. Two for Lose Past Memories.

Tara: Looking toward the future seems sound to me :) Three for Lose Past Memories.

FW: You are a wise and pragmatic fellow. What you say makes a great deal of sense. Four for Lose Past Memories.

Everyone: I really appreciated your comments here...there was nearly a consensus yet the decision seemed arrived at in different ways. So interesting! So far, it is 4-1, with most of you choosing to Lose Old Memories. Anyone else who would like to join this discussion is welcome!

Jasen Buch said...

This is a tough one, Laura. I sit here now thinking about my past memories and weighing the good and the bad. I think about the people that I have lost and that, if I choose to lose my past memories, I would lose all memory of them. People such as my grandparents and my uncle. If I cannot form new memories and I know that I can't, I will have to enjoy every moment of my life knowing that I won't be able to look back on it. Family trumps all. BE UNABLE TO FORM NEW MEMORIES is my answer.

(Okay, next week better be a light-hearted C&D)

laura b. said...

Jasen: Very thoughtfully constructed defense! And I agree...I will have to think of something extra fun for Independence Day :) Two for Unable to Form New Memories.

Our current count is 4-2!

Churlita said...

Even though a lot of my past memories are very painful, I need them to keep me from making the same mistakes or forgetting how lucky I am right now. I suppose I'll keep my past memories, I have a feeling that once dementia sets in, that's what I'll have left anyway.

laura b. said...

Churlita: That is an interesting perspective...those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it...is that right? Three for Unable to Form New Memories.

Hey look you guys! Now it is 4-3!