What Good Are Pleasurable Memories?
“I don’t live in the past, I can only see the future.” — Quote from some movie
What good are pleasurable memories for humans? We don’t really learn from pleasurable experiences. Rather, we learn most from painful ones.
If we don’t have pleasurable memories (any recollection beyond 6 months), perhaps we would focus more on living in the future.
On the contrary, if we do not have any pleasurable memories then we may constantly repeat experiences we’ve already had. Perhaps having pleasurable memories allows us to move forward and build a list of “pleasure” accomplishments.
We won’t need to skydive once every 6 months for the rest of our entire lives because we’ve done it once.
Painful memories teach us. Pleasurable memories reflect us.