Recent research had shown that memory is a tool, not a record-keeping system:
the brain changes memories to make us act more efficiently; we apply the ever-changing incident we recall to new situations -- which is why our memory is unreliable, surprisingly so.
And thus it is apparently a fallacy that it is all stored in there, videotaped by the brain.
I kinda believe that.
But the feelings, the impressionistic remnants of our experiences still symbolize what happened, I think.
Our memories are a poetic view of the past, as well as a learning tool to make us into a mean, lean survival machine.