Why do we remember things?
In order to learn from previous mistakes, and correct present and future behavior.
Why can we project the future?
So we can foresee unfavorable outcomes, and avoid them.
The present is the only thing we can act upon. Both the past and the future exist only as images within our minds. From these images, we create our conception of the present.
Memories and predictions are the present moment’s context.
We have limited control over what we choose to remember. The unconscious mind filters perceptions for us and files them away. But in spite of that automatic process, we have near complete control over our attitude towards those memories.
Was that person cruel to us because of our inherently flawed personality, or because they themselves are inherently flawed, and are struggling to conduct themselves in the world?
Did our parent’s treatment of us cause permanent, irreconcilable…
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