Eternal Sunshine of the Relationship-Denying Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Relationship-Denying Mind

Stage 1 of the break-up process (see blog entitled The 12 (hundred) Step Recovery Program, dated February 4th, 2008) has just gotten a little easier. Denying not only your heart-crushing breakup, but also your very feelings for the Ex, is now only a synapse-regulating pill away. Researchers (see article) have found that taking this pill leads to symptoms much like those of autism, decreasing one’s desire for social friendships and numbing the messy emotions that distract us from maximizing our productiveness in the work environment.

According to this article, this pill “…..might also lead to recreational autism, where people who want to take a break from having messy emotions about other people decide to unplug and enter a state where human relationships are no more important than inanimate objects.”

Having myself been seen as little more than an inanimate object to The Ex, is it wrong that I find it enticing that I, too, could view the past from such an apathetic viewpoint? That rather than view The Ex as the OBJECT of my AFFECTION, I could view him as, quite literally, simply an OBJECT?

Conveniently, a simple pill reverses the effect, obliviating the emotionally detached state of the individual and re-igniting normal social functioning and desires.

There remain, however, two problems. One is that, unlike in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” this pill does not permanently remove the memories. Once back in a fully functioning state, a person has really only postponed the period of hurt he or she will inevitably endure while processing these memories. Second, even if somehow the memories significantly fade during the period of ‘recreational autism’, the feelings that drove the relationship will remain at the culmination of the autistic period. This was evidenced by the enduring feelings of the characters in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” even after the elimination of the memories.

There is no easy way to get around this.

I might try it anyway. 🙂

-Troi out

3 Responses

  1. Jen Says:

    “Recreational Autism?” That’s terrifying! Remember a little drug called SOMA from our good friend Aldous Huxley? The future is now… and it SUCKS!

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