But memory's narrative understands the past only in terms of the present. It is all empathy and no distance, concerned only with lifting the best parts of the past into the present and using that story to feed an identity today. Memory makes the past feel good with no desire for analytical distance or for recalling the hard parts. Memory's narrative simplifies and sugarcoats the past, turning people into heroes or villains rather than complex human beings. The nuances of the lived human experience are sacrificed to the identity narratives of now.