Do memories hinder or help people in the efforts to learn from the past and succeed in the present?

Without memory, our lives would be an endless road of making the same mistakes constantly. Memory plays a large role helping not only individuals improve and succeed in their goals, but also advancing humanity in general. Without our memory it is likely we would still be back in the Stone Age if we existed at all.

Science itself promotes the importance in memory in survival. Scientists have deduced that humans have thrived because of two qualities that humans solely possess, a large brain which is necessary for memory, and thumbs. Without memory early technology such as fire and the wheel could have been forgotten and humanity could have a fraction of the power and technology it has in modern times.

The essentialness of memory can also be seen frequently seen in everyday life. One of the most common phrases that mothers tell children is that “it is ok to make mistakes, but never make the same one twice”. It would not be possible to correct mistakes if we forgot them. This once again proves how important memory is to succeeding.

Finally, the importance of memory can be seen through classic literature such as Frankenstein. In this novel, the main character is asked by the monster to create a female companion for him. While Victor, the main character, initially agrees, he realizes that he has already created a monster that has wrecked havoc on the earth. He also concludes that he would have no control on the monster and the new monster would be unpredictable similar to his first. He then destroys it, which does not bode well for him, but eventually the monster is destroyed and humanity in general benefits avoiding the dire effects of two monsters that might have reproduced and survived.

In conclusion without memory humans would continue to repeat past mistakes which would lead to little no progress for humanity in general.