Do you think public memory is short-lived?The collective memory of the public is thin or shall I say it's a misconception. Do we forget things very easily? To some extent, it is true in case of issues that are not directly affecting our everyday lives. Any issue or movement that has created a lot of stir in the public stays in our mind for a certain period and our actions at times get influenced by those movements. The media keep on focusing on those issues for some time and then it dies down. It again comes up when similar issues arise and then again we become very active to think and discuss those issues. Actually, any movement, whether it's a major policy decision, social unrest or national disturbance has some emotional impact on us. We get swayed by these and at times act emotionally.
While emotion plays a very important role in our lives if it somehow hampers our daily productivity it may become a cause of concern. At certain situations, people become emotionally unstable and it takes time to come out of that situation. It's a part of our life to face difficult situations but being too emotional and thinking only in one direction cannot bring a positive result. It can always increase our mental agony and hampers judgement. At those situations, it's always better to divert the mind and work on things that require less mental activity. Often people hook on to the media all the time to get the latest updates on anything that is creating a stir. Take a break, a little longer than the usual daily break. It helps. Our impulsive behaviour is always short-lived and maybe that's why there is a tendency among many to forget things easily that created a stir once.