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Your beliefs become your thoughts your thoughts become your words your words become your actions your actions become your habits your habits become your values your values become your destiny Mahatma Gandhi This classic quote has become a part of popular culture yet rings true timelessly The quote displays the power of the human mind to affect anything of importance that follows a thought The chain of order makes sense yet one might argue that it could be switched around and still be correct but that would be an example of the chicken or the egg argument That part is not as important as realizing that traditions and memories are priceless and valuable at the same time on our psyche and in turn define our identity The human mind is unable of confronting any situation without having a fixed concept or prejudice Unless one has experienced an accident causing severe memory loss or is an infant just starting life there is no way to live without memory Our memories are our power Memory is the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms Merriam-Webster With that being said our memory is what follows us through life and informs our decisions memory also shapes our mental image of who we feel we are- our identity To answer the question posed for this essay we must realize that every human being regardless of origin has some sort of tradition they grow up with So every memory we have otherwise is a component of our collective identity and the main reason for our decision making process A strong case for this can be seen in Jhumpa Lahiris book The Namesake Aside from the book I will share a memory from my own life that writing this paper caused me to rememberMemories are not always pleasant
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