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Even though I spent the first five years of my life in Nagasaki, going to Japan can be really difficult. Even if they know I've been brought up in the West, they still expect me to understand all the subtleties of their culture, and if I get it wrong, it matters much more than if a British person gets it wrong. I find it intimidating.
Memorys truth because 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 elses version more than his own.
Even the classics that we read to our young children are full of wolves' fangs and burning ovens and bloody feet and ice shards piercing hearts. Even the New Testament climaxes with an act of unspeakable torture. Might as well just read to our kids from the Amnesty Annual Report and be done with it.