MAH NA MAH NA,
dee dee dee dee dee,
MAH NA MAH NA,
dee dee dee dee dee.
If you can remember that little ditty you probably remember the Muppet version. That dumb song (alright it's very catchy) still plays in my head whenever I am waiting for my computer to finish something. I can't ignore the fact that it morphed from an adult film to the muppets and will forever be regarded as a muppet number.
The original was written by Piero Umiliani and was featured in a groovy film, ie.porno, called Sweden Heaven or Hell, Svezia Inferno e Paradiso, 1968.
What the %$@# does this have to do with the price of tea in China?
Well we homo escapeons have a very SELECTIVE memory when it comes to dealing with past events both personal and worldly. We have no problemo altering history to comply with our worldview.
Doctoring spin is a one way ticket to an extinction level event but every cult leader, political policy wonk and lifestyle columnist know-it-all does it with wreckless abandon every hour of every day.
Sometimes it is very hard to know what's true and what isn't.
I think that happens because it is so hard for us homo escapeons to admit that we don't have all of the answers. No really as a species we have only just started a serious examination of our past in the last 200 years. Before that most people blindly accepted whatever they were told. Some still do. Some have little choice because access to information is guarded by those in power. Knowledge is power.
Have you ever noticed how we tend to remember nice things that we want to cherish in a fuzzy soft nostalgic glow.
We suppress and sweep troubling black and white images of horrible things that we want to forget into the dark corners of our minds.
The last and most powerful mnemonic editor is our unique ability to make things up or reinvent history to suit whatever we want, need or desire..
Huzzah, THIS ONE IS JUST RIGHT!
"Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history,"
George Bernard Shaw
"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon,"
"Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person,"
Francois de La Rochefoucauld