Edit: Sorry I just wanted to type it down somewhere before I forget. A bit off topic but this has me thinking about a growing idea in my mind. How much of an influence does our amnesia have on our human experience.
But that is a thought for another thread
It is a trippy thing to think about. Without amenisa we would be riddled with guilt and terrible memories of things past. I think there is a bit of a forgiving beauty in being able to forget some things. Then the flip side of that is that as far as I can tell these meat sacks that make us are mostly formed by our memories. So to lose some of them or have them muddied up too much could have a detrimental effect.
It seems there is a happy balance achieved in order to best maintain the human psyche. The big trouble seems to take shape when that amnesia becomes collective. Thinking of things like repeating the absolute disaster that was Vietnam war time and time again when those regime changes are attempted
Interesting to see what collective amnesia will be born out of all this covid business, or is it already happening
I started this discussion from another thread so I thought I should include the first reply to my original qoute. Hopefully it does not throw it to far out of context
" How much of an influence does our amnesia have on our human experience."
I am most likely biased, as I take what most may consider a cynical view.
We forget most of the pains of our lives:
birth, teething, childhood fears of monsters, sibling rivalry, nightmares, being bullied and beaten up by bigger kids, possibly parents, childhood diseases, loss of the vivd imaginations we had as kids, the list goes on and on
Anybody who really remained in contact with all this misery, might well conclude if one is to go on living being a junkie is all that makes sense.
As Albert Camus said:
“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” and“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
So as adults we all engage in various sorts self deceptions.
The most famous, is that over 50% of people think they are better than average drivers.
Less well know is that there are anywhere from about 10 to 15 ego defense mechanisms, that are not confined to neurotics, according to different lists by psychologists. The lists are available on line.
So I think it actually is not cynical to say folks cope with reality, by using many sorts of self deceptions.
So whether we call this a sort of 'amnesia', forgetting, or repression may not really matter.
What is necessary is some sort of barrier between truth, and what we wish to believe, both about ourselves and the world.
So to the list, at the end of my post above, I would add the words in CAPS, below, as follows.
"It would seem the conclusion is that humans don't learn from experience, whenever profit, POWER, VANITY, REPUTATION, comfort or pleasure (which includes SEX and the desire for PROGENY ( a sort of substitute for immortality); or belief, run counter to reason".
And they partly avoid learning by distorting the truth with self deceptions or the "ego defense mechanisms" IMO.
It would seem in the case of the Covid story: profit, power, and fear of discovery or reputation, motivated some of the main characters, to do things their better natures knew they shouldn't do.
My view is that the evolution of human intelligence, is actually long term, a disaster, as it is a very narrow intelligence rooted in ego, or selfishness, and strategies that are mostly concerned with short term advantage. Due to the nature of ego it constantly distorts the truth, and so constantly runs into conflict with reality and copes with ego defense mechanisms, which only make matters worse.
Edited by FLASHINGROOSTER, 14 May 2021 - 04:37 PM.