Going To Disneyland
I rely on my memory for absolutely everything, and I can't comprehend functioning without remembering. How could I even write another sentence in this blog without knowing what it is about? Fortunately, even people with terrible memories actually have superb recall skills. But what happens when this foundation comes under question?
Yesterday, I had a boring day. I got up, ate, completed uneventful chores, and had dinner at a local restaurant. My day did not contain any noteworthy events. In two days, it would be a challenge to remember any specific details.
“Bill, you went to Disneyland yesterday.” “No, I had a boring day yesterday and would remember going to Disneyland.” How can I contradict this basic statement? My only historical proof comes from my memory.
An objective person would look at the evidence, investigate further (such as credit card receipts) talk to people and form a logical conclusion. However, we know that our memory is not perfect.
Let’s postulate further. “Bill, you committed a crime at Disneyland.” Wow, now I have to prove my innocence. This thought experiment has become a trial. Lots of people would be involved, and my integrity is being questioned. And what is my ultimate defense? “I do not remember going to Disneyland.” This argument is weak.
Memory issues form great plots. “Bill, you went to Disneyland but cannot remember.” Bam! It is easy to convince a reader that the character does not know what happened. “I believe you did not go to Disneyland.” Bam! A huge twist. Does Bill have amnesia? Will Bill suddenly remember going to Disneyland?
We trust our memories are always perfect, which makes them a foundation and a crutch. It is nearly impossible to admit our memories have failed. Memory issues are a fun space to work as an author. Readers also enjoy exploring the terrifying idea that we might indeed have lost our memory. Will you remember this blog?
You’re the best -Bill
July 07, 2021
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