immutable stories

A friend of mine always talks about this entrepreneur as if people somewhat misinterpreted him.

As if his story and life were often made more interesting, but, after all, he’s just a normal man.

He told this story once to my mother-in-law and from then on the story, for her, didn’t change.

How could after all she would be able to change it if she doesn’t get more information, new updates or so on?

This is the problem with personal stories, they don’t get updated.

My mother-in-law will always talk about this entrepreneur the same way, even if years have passed, even if he changed entirely.

This happens to all of us, because if the story sticks in our memory then we will tell the story again and again, probably because it’s a nice story to tell after all.

But that story might be false now.

It might be even be false in the past as far as we know, but it can be more than ever false now.

Should we then stop telling stories? No, but we should take into account time. 

As time passes a story becomes less and less reliable and unless we’re talking about a daily topic we encounter frequently then we’re better off telling that this might not be true anymore.

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