Imagine if you could just take a pill to forget him or her! It wouldn’t be as complicated as the process they used in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” That asked the question, “Why live with the painful memories of a destructive relationship if you don’t have too?”, and promised a focused erasure of such memories with side effects no worse than a bad hang over.
In the aftermath of many painful break-ups I often wished I could forget the other person as if they never existed, instead of mourning the relationship and missing the good times we had. Believe me sometimes it hurt so much that I wished I could just take a pill to forget everything. In some ways I did drug myself. Sometimes through drinking. Sometimes through eating. Sometimes through TV watching. Sometimes through sleeping. And now after long last it seems they are experimenting with a drug called, Propranolol to help people who have post traumatic stress disorder forget excruciating experiences.
Looks like there are two sides of the coin. One being, painful experiences shape who we are and who we become. They help us to learn and mature. They teach us not to make the same mistakes twice. The other side says, why should we remember something that is going to fuck us up for life. How can that be useful? Remember that the idea is that the drug would be used for victims of violent crime to help them adjust and get past the experience and move on with their lives, but like all other drugs isn’t it plausible to use it for people who are experiencing other kinds of emotional pain and regret? It seems to me that in many ways we all drug ourselves to forget the hurt anyway, so is this any different? I am wondering how such a drug would work and does it only target one stressful event, because endings can be very complex encompassing many stressful events. At what point would you take the pill and do you have to keep on taking it?
So let me ask you, if you could take a pill to forget a painful relationship, or to let go of your painful past would you? Or do you feel that these experiences, however hurtful are a valuable part of life?