“Memory is a complicated thing, a relative of truth, but not its twin” (Kingsolver, 1990, p. 48). These words by Barbara Kingsolver as stated in her book Animal Dreams implies that memory and truth are two different entities. While there is a connection between them, they cannot be regarded as the same. As a reader, I agree to Kingsolver’s concept of memory which is that of complicated. Memory can be very tricky and at some point, confusing because they are oftentimes influenced by experiences, knowledge and even feelings. Memories have something to do with a person’s emotions.
I, for instance, know for a fact that sometimes memory can be deceiving and can make me believe that it is the truth. However, once I checked on the facts, the truth becomes clearer and what is in my memory becomes tampered or influenced by what I have learned. For me, what is in a person’s memory changes and undergoes a lot of processes thereby making it less reliable as time goes by. It can be considered relevant at some point and even significant but it does not always equate to what is true and factual. For these reasons, I agree that memory is a complicated thing.
As much as it is rooted in knowledge and experience, the mind is too vulnerable to a lot of things wherein the human senses are exposed to. Taking this into consideration, I believe that the mind tends to associate certain things, persons or events to a particular concept. With all these in mind, they are retained as memories or stocked knowledge. Over time, what is stored in a person’s memory is replaced with recent ones and the rest becomes subjective, less stable and unreliable. There is this phrase I often hear from other people when asked about something based on their previous experiences and knowledge.
They would start their sentence with “If my memory serves me right”. Although they know that they are answering something they had already encountered in the past, they simply cannot trust their memory to supply concrete, factual and reliable answers. This is how memory works. It is just related to what is true because it is based on what was fed into the mind or what the senses had captured. However, it becomes a challenge for the human mind to be able to process it accurately over time. References Kingsolver, B. (1990). Animal Dreams. Berkshire, UK: HarperPerenial.