My Blogging Experience

April 24, 2010

The Man Who Forgot Everything

Filed under: Daily Living — debyj @ 12:08 pm

I watched this story on ABC this week.

It is about a man in Arizona that has suffered from extreme amnesia. About a year ago, he had an accident and it resulted in the complete loss of his memory. He could not remember his wife, his kids, his parents, his dogs, nothing!

Can you imagine waking up one day with no recollection of anything? You are in a bed, but you do not know what a bed is or what a blanket is. You walk outside to see the sun but you don’t know what that is. I can’t imagine how overwhelming each day has been for him discovering new things everyday. Imagine how differently you would see life if you were in his shoes. It was particularly interesting to hear his perspective on rituals, holidays, and traditions we have.  He did not get excited about putting up a Christmas tree or carving a pumpkin because he did not have any sort of emotional connection to those traditions.  He did not understand why we did those things.  I guess it makes sense if you cannot remember growing up in any sort of culture or traditions.

Really interesting story, definitely worth checking out!


1 Comment »

  1. I was just discussing the idea of rituals and traditions yesterday with a few friends. We were talking about why people love the idea of sitting in the same spot at the library every time (to study for finals). It’s interesting to think about why people stick so close to what they know best and familiarity… : )

    Comment by Joni Mailhot — April 26, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

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