Do Memories Hinder or Help People?

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The term 'memory' refers to a power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained, especially through associative mechanisms. Memories both act as a help and a obstacle to the success of someone. Although some contend that people who get too tied to the past are unable to move on to future, in order to move up the ladder of success and achievement, one must come to terms with our past and integrate it into his or her future. Indeed, memories are enormously critical in realizing one's future goals because they prevent people making the same mistake they have done before and let them improve in the future through both failures and experiences. To begin with, one may not repeat the errors of the past by recalling his or her remembrance. For example, during World WarⅡ, the American air forces dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. The consequences were horrifying - thousands of innocent civilians were charred to death, buildings collapsed, flora and fauna perished, and the two cities were completely destroyed. In order to prevent the reoccurrence of such a catastrophe, the major political leaders of the world got together and founded the United Nations. Nowadays, whenever an international conflict arises, the UN steps in and tries to avert disaster. If not for the memories of the terrible calamity, people would have forgotten the brutal aftermath of wars and such a tragedy could have occurred again. Even though a man committed inadequate incidents or failed to achieve something, he will be able to distinguish right from wrong and not repeat them again on the basis of old
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