"The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time." ~Friedrich NietzscheMy mom is a school teacher, and she recently asked me if I ever hear a story from history and think, "Wow. I know I must have learned that before, but I swear it doesn't even sound vaguely familiar."
I tried to explain to her that not only have I had that happen once or twice. To me, that happens always.
I tried to explain to her that I can read a book and thoroughly love it but not be able to tell you even the main points of the plot as little as a week or two later.
I can see a movie that I've already seen and wonder the entire way through how it is going to end.
I can watch a commercial, tell Kirk how funny it was, then see the same commercial again on another day, and again... tell Kirk how funny it was. He tells me I've seen it before and said that before. And neither rings a bell for me.
But I truly do not believe this is a bad thing, and I've actually commented before that it is so fun to be me, because I get to be happy about the same things over and over again.
Apparently Friedrich Nietzsche agrees.