If you could mold to your liking your memories of any past experience, would you do so?
This seems like an odd question. Actually, I’m not entirely sure I understand what’s being asked here. Does this mean I could take some negative event in my past and alter my memories so that I remember it as a positive thing?
If that’s the case, no. I wouldn’t want to mold my memories or make changes. Our memories of the past, both good and bad, are a part of what makes us who we are as people. I’m okay with that. Even if there are bad memories mixed in there somewhere. Because maybe the bad memories serve as a warning to my present or future self. Remember that time you touched the stove and burned your hand? Yeah, don’t do that again.
What about you? Would you want to mold memories to your liking? Let me know in the comments below!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.