Wordsmith Wednesday: Jonathon Safran Foer’s “Everything Is Illuminated”

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This week’s Wordsmith Wednesday is a short, little quote from Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated. It reads,

“The only thing more painful than being an active forgetter is to be an inert rememberer.”

The memories that we can’t shake, the ones that never seem to leave us, the ones that replay like a broken record over and over again in our heads with nothing we can do to stop them, those are the ones that sting and burn and fester. Like a wound on your knuckle that opens every time you write, or grab, or hold something, these motions are impossible to quit and yet they are a constant reminder of the pain that caused them. Forcing yourself to forget a memory feels awful, even shameful, but never being able to forget, never being able to act on those moments that you do remember, in that lays a heartbreaking regret.

– KK

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