In our society, memory lapses are considered embarrassing character flaws and the term “senior moment” has been coined to make a mockery of them.
But hold on here: isn’t it good to forget things? After all, most of the stimulus we take into our brains is not worthy of our attention in the first place. We don’t really need to know which actresses are posing nude on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair. Nor are the latest sports scores or political dust-ups crucial for our survival in the moment. Even a fact as seemingly crucial as who won the Super Bowl or the latest primary polling numbers is optional information. Really, losing memory is a blessing, as it clears out the crawlspace and leaves the mind free to remember more interesting occurrences, such as the time you hitched a ride to Philly to see OzzFest. Or how wonderful it was to jump a spider bike over a tree stump for the first time. Or remembering where you put the tickets to the opera you ordered three months ago.
Ah, bliss! Thy name is…uh…hmmmm…well, it’s obviously not that important.
Illustration: Getting older means more time for abstract thinking.