The most famous global citizen living in Amnesia is Jason Bourne. Hollywood has squeezed the towel dry for every molecule of profit to be made from a most intriguing character created by Robert Ludlum.
Somewhere in between was this piece of magical movie making called “Momento”. Never seen a plot being narrated backwards so well. It also has do with a memory immigrant. Then Aamir Khan got involved in a Hindi version and killed everything clever about it.
Yesterday I saw a movie called “Mumbai Police”, a Malayalam movie. Great flick. Also based around a memory loss premise. What happens when you suffer a memory loss on the cusp of cracking a case?
I had a brief personal experience after an accident. I couldn't remember a thing for about 2 hours including who my two close friends were, who were with me when it happened and took me to the hospital. Its another matter that many would gladly have memory loss about having ever met me.
But this isn’t about the movies. But some observations on the memory thing.
You forget everything that happened. But the stuff you’ve trained your mind and body to do works as good as before. Its like that magic writing pad you had as a kid, just pull the foil up and everything on it is erased and you have a blank sheet again.
Most of the stress, trauma and bad stuff that makes life tough is about remembering all that. When you beat up a kid, screamed at your wife, banged the car after a big party, humiliated by the lousy boss at work..etc. If miraculously, you couldn’t remember all that...every day, wow! Life would be the same joy of a kid discovering the world!
Plus, no one blames you for whatever happened then…once they know it! Of course, this lays you bare for certain things like that email from Nigeria about the $10 million bounty that awaits. (Also your mortage, credit card and telco services providers won’t be happy you’ve forgotten their bills).
So, the net effect is no more daily stress but with all the talents and faculties intact (hopefully physically as well). Sounds like a win-win.
The obvious question is then, why do we want that person to recover his or her memory? Our need prevails over their likely happiness?
Its like being born again. A second life without a trace of the gore of yore.
There’s something else I’d like to point out here…..
….but I can’t remember.