The cult of memory: when history does more harm than good

It is a truism that we must remember the past or else be condemned to repeat it. But there are times when some things are best forgotten.

“We have been taught to believe that the remembering of the past and its corollary, the memorialising of collective historical memory, has become one of humanity‚Äôs highest moral obligations.

“But what if this is wrong, if not always, then at least part of the time? What if collective historical memory, as it is actually employed by communities and nations, has led far too often to war rather than peace, to rancour and resentment rather than reconciliation, and the determination to exact revenge for injuries both real and imagined, rather than to commit to the hard work of forgiveness?”

Read more at the Guardian.

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