Not the innocence we remember our world
being when we were children.
The world we remember is innocent
because we were innocent.
Do you remember anything before the age
of five, four?
You must have thought and felt and learned
so much during those early years.
Where did the memories of those things go?
No one's memory goes beyond three and a half.
Freud called it "childhood amnesia."
Freud, being Freud,
said we repressed early memories
due to the discomfort of our sexual awakening.
Later psychologists ---
without any data to support their theory ---
said that due to lack of focus,
children could not form stable memories until the age of seven.
The truth is that there are far more links between our brain cells in our earliest years
than in early adulthood.
Our earliest memories
are will o wisps blended from genuine recollections,
narratives told us by others, and imaginary scenes churned by our unconscious mind.
Now, scientists believe that
as a forest can hold only so many trees,
the hippocampus can hold
only so many neurons.
Sadly, we cannot trust the few distinct memories
that survive the stormy cycles of growth and decay in our infant brains.
Some of them may be partially or even completely fabricated!
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY?
DO YOU TRUST IT?