A couple of days ago, Howard directed me to an online article dealing with the likely dissolution and eradication of the pain brought on by strong memories.
Not quite memory-erasing, but it would still be a radical innovation.
Strong emotions make for strong memories, whether the feelings are good or terrible. Thus, in order to make memories less stress-evoking, a drug has been developed to lessen the trauma an individual may feel after some catastrophe. Memories would no longer have the same, strong psychological effect as they used to.
If the drug were ever to become commonplace, life would become a sort of haze. Without struggle, the beauty of life can’t fully be appreciated.
I’ll touch more on this once I have the article right in front of me.