The inherent contradiction of any recollections

Y. B. Karasik,
Thoughts Guiding Systems Corp.,
Ottawa, Canada.
e-mail:karasik@sympatico.ca

Any time interval consists of the infinite number of events. That is why any recollections inevitably omit most of them so that not to bore the reader. The more recollections accurate and complete the more they are boring and unreadable. This is the inherent contradiction of any recollections.

There are no significant and insignificant events. Significance is relative to the purpose of presentation. If recollections are intended for physicians, the events related to your body behavior (such as diarrhea, incontinence, etc.) could be quite relevant, whereas events related to your trips to theater would be out of place.

Recollections are like musical compositions. They have their own pace. Some are written in Lento tempo, whereas others are written in Allegro tempo. If a relevant event does not fit the composition's tempo it is skipped. So, there is no point in doubting different recollections by the same person just on the ground that some his recollections mention certain events whereas others don't.

Recollections are like fractals. What seems to be a straight line of events from a bird's eye view becomes an intricate curve if one takes a closer look. The closer one looks the more convoluted the path becomes.

The life is a multithreaded process and different events happen on different threads. Threads often interact. But it is very difficult to compose a multithreaded literary composition that adequately models the real life threads. It is because they are also infinite in numbers.

With this foreword I submit to the reader's judgement one of the recollections of my life starting this issue of the journal.