Memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else's version more than his own.
Reality is a question of perspective the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems --but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.
Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.
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