Rewriting history

As some of us re-write history with one conversation, others will continually re-write history as it becomes a way of life.

If you were to ask me what I did yesterday, I’d struggle to remember. My short-term memory is poor, but my long-term memory is excellent. I always remember conversations as if they took place yesterday, even though some of those conversations will have taken place years ago.

As we go about our daily lives recounting conversations, our interpretation of the facts may turn out differently. Some of us will recount very different stories along the way, partly because we choose to deny and obliterate our own understanding of the story and partly because we’re creating a different ending to the way we saw it.

Somewhere along the way, we will have managed to convince ourselves that our new recollection of our conversation is fact, even though the other person we’ve had the conversation with, clearly has a different recollection. It’s annoying of course if you’re constantly on the receiving end of a conversation with a different ending and you were part of the original conversation.

The irony though, is that we don’t always have to re-write history through history books to recall a one-sided account; we can do it in our own back yard and some of us often do.


27 Mar, 2015

2 thoughts on “Rewriting history

  1. It’s embarrassingly normal for me to search for my eye glasses only to realize they’re already on my face, but yet I can remember an exact incident when I was ten years old as if it were yesterday.

    But history is often written by those who have the power to tell your story their way and truth is never exactly pure when we get a chance to tell it ourselves.

    The most dangerous and the most liberating thing in the world is the truth; but the truth is a lie if someone tells your history for you.

    1. Thanks Tim. Perhaps the truth told my someone even if it our history, is their own truth of our story and not ours, because it’s seen through their eyes. I believe the truth is often told and seen differently through other people’s eyes.

      We may try to avoid the truth when telling our story, but we all know what our truth is, whether we tell the truth or not.

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