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Legend in Our Own Mind
Timothy O. Goyette
I just watched a video that tried to explain the source of an historical legend. And one of the problems is how legends evolve. There may have been a true story to begin with, but with retelling and embellishing the story becomes more fanciful.
It is like the game “Telephone” where the first person in a line whispers something to the next person and the process continues until the last person reveals what they believe they heard. It is always different from what was first said.
A strange form of this also works with our memories. Memories from our youth can be corrupted over time. Then when we meet with childhood friends we can remember things differently. You can sometimes hear older couples correcting each other when telling stories from their early relationship.
This effect can happen on very short terms, where people viewing an event can have different memories of what happened. The show “Brain Games” demonstrates this in one of their episodes. Well worth watching.
This all leads to the question, what is real? My answer is the one most used in politics, “Don’t’ confuse the issues with the facts.” We are generally happier living in our own reality of memory and history and legend than being concerned with seeking out the true truth. It leads to too many arguments and misconceptions.
As anyone in a relationship knows it is better to be happy than right.
or how about memory is like the stratification of the earth. Sections of memories drift down through and percolate other sections altering the mind's recall of the event.
Better to be happy than right? I'd divorce my spouse too if she voted for Trump. (this one is a two edged sword).
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