Would You Rather: Lose Your Eyesight or Lose Your Memories?

Angelina Gonzalez, School News Editor

Hello! My name is Angelina Gonzalez and I am a senior. In addition, I am School News Editor and one of the School News Writers. Every month I will be answering a new Would You Rather question based on my train of thought. I would like to apologize in advance if you do not agree with my answer, but I am always right.

The reason why this question is so tough for me to answer is because I am not necessarily guaranteed to never forget any memories if I choose to lose my eyesight. If I choose to lose my memories, then will I be able to retain the ones that I make in the future? I am leaning more towards choosing to lose my eyesight because I trust that measures will be taken to help my situation.

There have been a lot of technological advancements in the optometrist world. EnChroma’s founders, Don McPherson Ph.D. and Andy Schmeder, have generated a revolutionary pair of glasses that bring color to those with color blindness. I am aware that being color blind and being blind are two different things, but there are also different types of blindness.

I’ve heard that some people who experience blindness can see shadows, some can’t see completely, and legally blind people’s vision is extremely blurry. Legally blind people are able to see with glasses; their prescription is very high. I’m sure that with time and new technology a solution can be made in the future, even if it’s the most radical solution ever.

In the words of the wise, Dewey claimed, “The future is now old man.”

Another reason why I would choose to lose my eyesight is because I have quite a couple of memories that I would like to continue to remember. Although I wouldn’t mind losing a couple as some of my most embarrassing memories keep me up at night. Anyway, if I keep my memories, then in a way wouldn’t I be able to see in my mind? I will have memories of what people look like, what my clothes look like, what colors look like, etc.

This raises the question of whether or not I’d be able to remember things visually or just audibly, though. Blind people’s memories are just sound, touch, smell, and taste, so perhaps I wouldn’t have a visual memory. But, at the same time, I would still have memories previous to losing my eyesight. Eventually would I forget those memories on my own?

I feel like that risk is big enough to take because if you’ve ever seen The Notebook, it seems like such a pain to lose your memory. Noah was so sad that Allie couldn’t remember him and he was spending their final days trying to get her to remember him and how they met.

My answer remains the same, I would rather choose to lose my vision.