Thursday, March 3, 2011
The Mind Sings True
"Impossible not to change things, move the words from here to there", is just a summary of a memory. You cannot change what happened, but you can distort what you create. By experiencing an occurrence you reluctantly create a memory out of it. When you "remember" what happened, there is no guarantee that the full memory is absolute truth. "Words", in this case, would be metaphorical to memories. We create words, we create memories, and both are based on empiricism. However, "the mind sings true". In other words, the metaphysical nature of the mind directly relates to truth, rather than factual distortions. Therefore, memory is a fallible truth, it is true, but not consistent. Whereas, the mind is a direct originator of truth, since the mind can base truth on facts or abstractions. The mind is ultimately metaphysical however, since the mind perceives. Furthermore, Creech writes "...a sound the resonant air repeats but cannot mend." He is obviously referring to memories here, since memories are just resonating actual events. However, you cannot mend or distort reality. This is where I feel his since of truth to be revealing, because truth should be mend-able, and it is. Story-telling truth, as we have been told before, is sometimes truer than happening-truth. In the poem it says, "Which version of the world should I believe?" Which memory should he believe, which memory of the world should he rely in? This is what he is asking, and this is why story-truth is more reliable than memory. Story-truth is absolute, in a sense, because it fully conveys what needs to be known. A memory cannot fully justify this concept, and is fallible anyway. The moral of the poem, I believe, is that storytelling is more true than happening-truth.