Thought of the Day. Family Conflict (Part II) Why Truth is Relative
In the 1950’s, Akira Kurosawa wrote and directed the movie Rashomon, the story of a samurai’s gruesome death. In court, the event is described by four people who witnessed it: a woodcutter, a priest, the deceased samurai’s wife and the bandit who killed the samurai. Although the four witnessed the same event, each gave a different description of what happened. The scenes created by Kurosawa from their testimonies could have been taken from four different events.
We don’t store a “terrible” event in our memory as an objective occurrence. Just as Kurosawa’s characters did, we store them through perceptual filters. And when we retrieve them, we don’t even bring forth a clear distortion. According to current research on memory, whatever is stored, is again changed; parts drop out, new distortions are added, etc. The garbage we put into our brain now smells even worse than it did originally. So the disingenuous remark from cousin Ralph becomes words for starting WWIII.
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This is so true