Maybe the better word is fabrication and history because history has a natural dose of fantasy. Every history involves the imagination. History includes specific information that is often at question for adoptees. Reports from social workers or agencies may be accurate or not, truthful or not. Place of birth, stories about parents may or may not be true. We know this.
Confirming information and establishing the beginnings of historical knowledge affects the fantasies we naturally construct around our origins. Learning names, hearing the sounds from native countries, provides a grounding, a feeling of reality, so often missing. Often we know perfectly well that the fantasies we make-up are pure fabrications. Sometimes we are not so sure how much is really a fabrication or not. Concrete details provide an actual content for our history in contrast to our fabrications. We can believe there is some truth in our imagination and not merely fantasy (fabrication).
Given that society has in general conveyed to adoptees, domestic and international, that fabrications, mere fantasies about one’s origin, are sufficient for human self-discovery, what does this imply to you about society? Is society saying that fantasies are as good as history?
For those who have acquired historical information, did that provide new experience? Did history feel different from fantasy?