And then I have to remember to forget.
forget (fəˈɡɛt )
- when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive to fail to recall (someone or something once known); be unable to remember
- tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive to neglect, usually as the result of an unintentional error
- tr to leave behind by mistake
- tr to disregard intentionally
- when tr, may take a clause as object to fail to mention
- See forget oneself
- See forget it!
remember (rɪˈmɛmbə )
- to become aware of (something forgotten) again; bring back to one's consciousness; recall
- to retain (an idea, intention, etc) in one's conscious mind ⇒ to remember Pythagoras' theorem, remember to do one's shopping
- tr to give money, etc, to (someone), as in a will or in tipping
- tr foll by to to mention (a person's name) to another person, as by way of greeting or friendship ⇒ remember me to your mother
- tr to mention (a person) favourably, as in prayer
- tr to commemorate (a person, event, etc) ⇒ to remember the dead of the wars
- See remember oneself
Re – member... To put back together that which was separated.
O.K. So my logic and reason are limited to the human ability to perceive a greater truth. But within the confines of the ability of our conscious mind and current experiences here on earth or in this place in the cosmos, don't we have to start from some points of reference if we want to arrive at some conclusions that may help and further our search for knowledge and truth? Right before we go on to find and discover new and currently unfathomable truths...
Yes it does seem like a merry go round of experience doesn't it. Hence the original conundrum. We can only know a something, by experience of it. Theoretically we can only strategise a knowledge, contemplate the possibilities and what the results might be. With experience, comes wisdom, the application of the knowledge so to speak, that gives us a factual result.
How often do we see political strategies fail, because the reality is far different to the supposed outcome. Same for banking financial theorizing. They forget to include the greed factor in their projections and the who benefits from the decision argument. Likewise with relationships, people often forget to factor in personal choice and free will, along with tastes, preferences and social acceptability. Assuming everyone is the same is a complete theoretical nightmare. In practice we find that people are individuals and therefore react differently on occasion, and respond to various stimuli. What looks good on paper may well be a disaster in the flesh. No pun intended.
So how can we possibly avert the suffering of experiences over the inability to predict the outcomes?
Maybe we could accept more and expect less. We could shift our limited thinking and ability to reason by allowing more possibilities and learning from the experiences of these in our future attempts to avoid suffering. Actually this is what we do in the main, our humanity is always moving this way, despite a history littered with merciless killings and downright evil. Without these we could not hope for a better and fairer world. If we don't accept what the lessons of the past are, we may never move into a time when we make better choices.
The problems of the world, and the life we are experiencing is self made. It actually exists in our minds, in our ability to perceive the good from the bad, and determine which we want to follow. Sure many people are suffering in ways that don't seem to be self made, but I urge each and everyone to review this ardently. As a collective of society we have and are doing this. Poverty for example is not caused by lack of food provided for by our planet, or the amount of resources. It is caused by greed and geography and the human disdain for sharing fairly and proportionately. Global pollution is not caused by the planet but by human beings. Deforestation is not always caused by natural disaster, more often by human beings inability to consider the outcomes of our actions. Economic disasters as we have all felt worldwide are not nor have ever been caused by money or the planet. They are caused by human beings who are too greedy and uncompromising with the resources of the planet and a desire to be more personally successful and wealthy. People who would rather tell untruths about their greed and recklessness than be fair, open and honest about their dealings.
From the other side, we can see that love has made us a formidable power in the universe. We co-create so many things in our ever expanding experiences of our being whom we are. We display enormous passion and vitality towards new ventures and have risen above pettiness in so many ways. Millions of the people alive are constantly and determinedly empowering the global consciousness toward a breakthrough in awareness, that will possibly shift the polarity of our extremes towards love.
In all seriousness to carry on without regard to what we have learned from history, we soon will be...!
History that is.
So back to the thread of the debate. Why do we forget? So that through the experiences we have we can remember, what we did that didn't work to bring unity and harmony and a properly functioning result.
Why do we remember? Surely for the very same reason. To further the knowledge and experiences and release evidence of how not to do things, and how better to do things in the present moment, which is NOW...!
So is one better than the other? Is forgetting superior to remembering?
I hardly think you need an answer from me. What I see is this. I always choose the one that feels better to my soul, to my being and my best vision of whom I choose to be.