The Art of Forgetting

by Peter Saint-Andre

Forgetting is an active faculty —
Not a lapse, but a force for robust health.
I cannot focus on my current wealth
Without maintaining this duality.

The key: remaining undisturbed and calm
By closing off the doors of consciousness,
Reposing in the present, fretting less,
Preserving inner order as a balm.

This quietude will help to clear the way
For action that's informed by finer thought;
By making room for doing what I ought,
I bring a farther sight to every day.

(cf. On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, §1; First Essay, §10)

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