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Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the movie.

27 Jul

So if you are just reading this post because of the awkwardly long title I believe you really need to watch this Charlie Kaufman gem called Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind. And if you have seen the movie but are curious about the following part then check out the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece here!

And if you really understood both parts of the title, then needless to say, you are really awesome! And awesome was exactly how I felt when I saw both of these movies.

Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind has such a beautiful plot that its hard to not love it. Who wouldn’t want to erase off people who aren’t worth being in our memory? But does that make much sense? Is it a completely flawed argument?

This confusion made me a Jack D. Ripper of sorts. Made me lose my mind wondering what purpose would erasing someone completely serve. Assuming this person is your love interest, lets say from work. Its all a pain, the love has gone, it hurts etc etc. So now you go ahead and erase them from your memory. Next time if you ever come across them, they are going to be an entirely new person to you, and then chances of you falling from them is really high i suppose. And some time later, shit falls apart the way it happened before and then what do you do? Erase them again? Have fun repeating that expensive procedure for the rest of your life. Or else find a new job, in a new city without having any clue why you want to find a new job in a new city(that idea is a part of your memory of that person and hence you wont remember it anyway, get it?).

It just seems like a sweet deal for the memory erasers for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately I had no Hydrogen Bomb to be deployed over Russia to release this tension of mine so I stopped thinking about it.  And as much as I stopped thinking about it the more I started to forget the movie and the thoughts that followed. Until recently when I saw the movie again and well…it all happened just the same way I predicted about erasing memory.

As Friedrich Nietzsche said Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.”

And till I forget this again, Hydrogen Bomb, anyone?

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