I was sharing a memory when I was talking to my friends at lunch and I realised this is not at all compatible with what I think now: in other words, it was a common sense idea I have grown out of. But if I didn’t discuss it, it would have been stored as truth, influencing my decisions.
Years ago, I had a Western professor married to a Japanese. He had a bad divorce, due to infidelity on his side, and he gave me a negative idea about his Japanese wife. Since he was someone I was looking up to in a way, I retained this information as true.
When I retold the story, years later, my more experienced self said: wait a second, this doesn’t sound like true, or like the way I am thinking now.
It’s good I recalled this information, and I dusted this memory.
In this way I can change it, and attach a different judgement to it.
The same goes with other memories.
Certain things we learnt or heard when very young, can dictate the way we think and act.
Shouldn’t they be dusted and tested against reality?
This could help me go forward.
It has nothing with being true to our younger self.
It has to do with unfounded beliefs
I realize some of my beliefs are unfounded.
And it’s time I do something about it.
Clean up my brain!