The Past Isn't Objective: Your "Story" Is Your Responsibility

The Past Is Flexible

The Past Is Flexible

The past, and our understanding of it, is a reflection of our current state of mind.

The past, which is assumed to be static, is in fact constantly changing. Historical facts are looked at with new data, new experiences, and according to what new shape the collective human memory takes.


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Telling our origin story
Telling our origin story

Stories of origin come in many forms - how we became part of an organization, or how we emerged as a new person after a crisis.

However, we seldom examine what we include a...

Leadership origin stories

Research found four dominant themes of origin stories among leaders: being, engaging, performing, and accepting.

These themes act as lenses, contributing to how leaders see themselves.

The "being" leadership story

Leaders who use this lens always thought of themselves as leaders. They admit to having a natural call to leadership that started in childhood.

In current leadership, people who use this lens often note personal qualities such as confidence, optimism, and natural leadership styles.

The perception of time

Although some physicists would argue against the existence of time, we all do have a perception of time that reflects the reality of our lives on Earth.

False pasts

Most of us forget more than we remember. We change memories to make sense of what has happened in our lives. When we then recall a memory, we reconstruct the events in our minds and even shape them to fit in with any new information.

Understand the future

Many of us think of our past as a kind of a video library where we can look at records of our lives. If memories were fixed like videotapes, you would find it difficult to imagine a new situation.

It is our past memories that help us imagine a future, and to preview future events. This skill of using the past to predict the future helps us try out different hypothetical scenarios before we commit.

Forming New Memories
Forming New Memories

Our consciousness is deeply connected to our thinking and memory, and self-remembrance is an automatic feature of our brain.

People who have survived accidents or illness which...

Amnesia: The Forgotten Life

People who are unable to form new memories have to adjust to a stark reality of losing their pre-amnesia lives. To live without the means to form any ‘autobiographical’ memory, makes the patients unable to ground their sense of identity, or even orient themselves to maintain a timeline of their existence in their minds.

The only guiding light in the dark is the present moment and the action that they are doing with their entire bodies.

The Holistic Nature Of Personhood

The identity of ourselves isn’t just limited to the mind, and is in fact the property of the entire body.

A study in how poems take formation provides an insight on Rilkean memory, which encompasses the entire being, and is the complete existential response to the world, unlike the conscious thinking response of the mind. The behavioural disposition and enduring mood arise when the conscious, narrative memory is gone.