The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down. (A. Whitney Brown, in The Big Picture)
Now that I’ve cleaned out most of the debris – the unwanted, the worthless and the useless – I find myself with an awkward and unexpected dilemma: how much of the documentation that remains of my past life do I need to keep? and how much do I need to shred, incinerate or otherwise destroy?
PS (18 March 2014): Further to Sanitation? … or sanitization?, I have recently posted Giving up the past, which deals with the topic in more depth.