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Sholem Asch

By eearhat May 05, 2014 424 Words
Quote: "Not the power to remember, but it's very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence."- Sholem Asch (1880-1957)
Sholem Asch once said, "Not the power to remember, but it's very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence." What Sholem Asch means by this is that being able to forget is a necessity. Sholem Asch is correct in his view on forgetting something; it is necessary in order to live happy secure lives. When one experiences an enduring event that entails pain and heartache they allow for that event to linger in their minds. They struggle to let go of the grief they felt, and although they may claim to have come to terms with the event, and find comfort in life it is hard to fully move on from a painful event until we learn to forget about it. The power to forget is a struggle because one can never fully forget sad memories that put them through pain, but learning to do so is essential in order to exist. It is necessary for our existence because one can not live if they feel unhappy, living means being able to carry on with live, and when we endure struggles that derail us we must forget them in order to get back on track. Sholem Asch view on forgetting is correct. If people are not able to forget something, it will always be on their mind and might even effect their lives. People will not be able to move forward and that one thing may pull them back from many things. For example, in the novel Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, one of the main characters Noah Hutchins cannot forget the past and what he used to have. Because of this, he is constantly getting into fights and putting himself in harm's way. Because he cannot let go of the past, he is fighting for his brothers and not allowing them to live with loving foster parents who could give them the life he cannot afford. Noah is so consumed by his past it is taking away from his studies and he is failing school. The past is effecting his present and future.

While some people may argue that forgetting the past may be similar to losing a part of themselves, sometimes it is necessary. It allows people to move forward and focus on the present and future. It will also allow some people to lighten the pain and anger in them.

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