Are the best days the first to fade away?

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It is the year of 1963, and a U.S. citizen has been recruited to serve his country in the raging battle against the communist northern Vietnam. The 18-year old conscript lies tremulous in a field behind the shrubbery, panting and heart pounding; muddy tears roll down his cheeks full of dirt. He turns his sight up to the sky for a moment and contemplates in awe the burning sky with bombshells falling down to earth. Hours later, calm reigns and a few survivor birds can be heard singing. The conscript detects a helicopter that lands a few yards ahead of him. He cannot help but to run desperate towards his salvation and is safely carried back home; it feels like everything will be alright now. But time goes by—and there is not a single new enjoyable experience or happy memory capable to overcome the psychological trauma of all which he has gone through— and he knows he will never be the same innocent teenager again. This story portrays the fact that the most staggering experiences stay in our minds, so as the pleasant experiences do not impress people so much as bad ones, the pleasant ones are forgotten first from their minds. Hence, as conventional wisdom has it, “the best days are the first to fade away", and in conjunction with that, the worst ones stay present in the memory. In the first place, a human mind is in charge of collecting the invidious experiences which are the ones that have a greater impact on the psyche. As I can recall from my past studies, human memory divides in three parts: sensorial, short-term, and long-term. When a human brain receives new information, if this information is relevant (and in this case impressive) the brain stores it in the long-term memory, or else the information goes to the short-term memory and is erased in a small period of time. This statement adds weight to the argument that pleasant experiences are the least shocking

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