Thursday, August 02, 2012

Oblivion

On my flight back home today, I was seated behind a young couple with a nine month old baby. She would pop her head over the seat, look at me and when I smiled at her, she would break into a magical toothless smile. We played this little game until she feel asleep. 
When she woke up, the plane had landed.  I smiled and waved at her as I walked out the door and she looked back at me without any sign of recognition. I thought to myself what a wonderful gift that was to be able forget so completely and so quickly. That baby reminded me of a quote by Sholem Asch
“Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.” 

And this is J's take on the value of memory.

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