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Patrix

Interesting thoughts..on similar lines is the option for erasing unpleasant or painful memories? Would that be a smart move? Isn't the learning experience worth it or even enough to keep us from harms' way? As they experience is the best teacher, they were talking about the things that went wrong. Happy times sure make a good memory but the bad times teach the most.

NAWCC

Agree with Patrix and you. I think you need to feel pain to appreciate happiness. You need to suffer to understand a cause to live.

A guy in my office lost his sense of smell and taste in an accident. When you think about it, out of the 5 senses, these are two you can actually live happily without. You dont have to eat fatty food (which tastes good) and smell yucky things. But dwelling more into it, its pretty sad.

loosemuse

not exactly.. ahem er ... atleast w.r.t mental pain... do you really need to feel down in the dumps, distraught, agonised etc over a rejection by your partner or whomever to really 'learn a lesson' before starting to look out for another ? not really.. atleast you can save some time & maybe booze etc .. : )
As for physical pain, already spies, terrorists etc use stuff that mitigates pain i think to not give away secrets during torture & parmanu - those who have known pain would know enough before they find their eyeballs in their hands - i think ! (hehheh!) : )

NAWCC

Parmanu??! You can remove your eyeballs??? Wow!!! Thats cool.

Parmanu

Loosemuse: This is a bit dated, but it does take me a while to figure out your thoughts :-) The point was about the total absence of painful memory (leading to no conciousness of what such a painful experience entails). Once you've learnt your lesson, the necessity for further painful experiences is not so high, but as Patrix says, such experiences contribute to a defence mechanism we build to guard against further experiences of similar nature, and their value cannot be discounted.

NAWCC: Would you like to learn how to do that?!

loosemuse

er... whatever u say ...
but the point is we are bound to keep trying things & bound to fail... why bother about 'learning a lesson', or 'remembering the pain' or thinking about 'all that suffering that was gone through [ Owww ! Gaaawd almighty ! ]' etc etc ???
[ BTW parmanu - ever thought of writing so that mere mortals could read & understand it merely ? that last reply sounded like a lecture !! any influence of Freud jung etc ? ;P ]

Parmanu

Loosemuse: I guess it is a question of attitude (the part about learning a lesson), and there can't be a definite right or wrong. You have a "get-on-with-life" attitude, and that's really positive!

You're right about the "lecture" part - the last sentence sounded like something out of a boring textbook. Must have been in a lecturing mood when I wrote that!

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