Clark is just like everyone else, living life, but not living at all. The majority of the population works, only to return home to relive the good memories through simulations of their memory, but at the loss of moving forward.
One afternoon, Clark has a conversation with his father, where he realizes the impact this new technology has had on people. His mother and father hardly talk anymore, choosing rather to relive their favorite memories of each other instead of creating new ones.
Crossing The Threashold
After listening to his father, Clark comes to the realization that he can't keep reliving the past, and that he must make new memories. However, he struggles with this process, as bad memories from the past scare him away from making new one.
Clark, still scared of moving forward in life, decides to relive memories of his best friend who had passed. Clark finds a new memory of his friend, where the two of them discuss the memory technology before it was mainstream. She told him that she believes life is better experienced in the moment, and by looking forward rather than back
After the encounter with both his father and his friend, Clark realizes that the memory machine does more bad than good, and vows once and for all to remove it from his life. In order to restrain himself from temptation, he cuts the cord.
He spends a few days learning to enjoy life, and take it as it happens. It isn't easy, but eventually he begins to feel like himself again, before the machines had such a grasp on technology. Clark feels alone, however he eventually realizes he can do some good. He asks his co-worker if she'd like to do something else, instead of just reliving her own memories. Reluctantly, she agrees.