“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind is considered as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. We are seeking an escape from the pain of heartbreak. Unfortunately, only time can mend a broken heart. In this alternate reality, memories of lovers can be erased so that you can be spared of the immense pain of separation. Your mind will have no recollection of them. If they passed by you, you wouldn’t even recognize them.
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet were chosen as the leads for the genius story. When I watched the movie, I wished what if it was real? What if such machine existed? After much thought I realized if the pain is gone, so is the lesson.
Love is the one thing that defines our whole idea of being, and if we take that away, we are cowardly machines who seek nothing but fornication and other forms of pleasure. How empty the world would be without the bittersweet agony of heartbreak. I agree the bane is sometimes unbearable. But it’s not a virus; it’s an emotion that makes us human, the yin to the yang of happiness.
Even if such a machine existed, those who have true love in their heart wouldn’t opt to erase memories. It’s life, not browser history. Memories make who we are; they define us like rain define trees.