Culture of oblivion

The human brain has a mechanism that can eliminate the memory of pain.

Over the years, the most decisive events in the history of mankind acquire a shade of sepia of old photographs. They are gradually becoming legends or, at best, individual events that have no effect on current reality. This is how they are taught in history lessons, perhaps by trying to isolate them in a bubble of time to sterilize their importance.

However, these milestones represent a time when the road meandered to mark a new path, but not always the best. As societies move forward, under the pressure of survival challenges, their moments of pain and loss are left behind in the fog, contributing to oblivion, which carries a huge risk of repeating the cycle over and over again, abandoning dreams and ambitions to create more just and humane societies. It is a culture of oblivion, a collective disease that, like a cursed virus, has forced us to leave the most precious lessons.

One of the consequences of this collective phenomenon is the revival of movements marked by racism and fascist violence in the countries that knew the worst Nazism, during the largest and most brutal in the history of Europe, but which also spread to other countries. Planet.

It is an exercise of power and perversion, the germ of which seems to be present in the heart of mankind, as evidenced by other hunts conducted according to rules that divide communities between those who have the right to live and those who must be destroyed.

Such a process takes place in conditions of depletion of resources, destruction of ecosystems and deadly indifference of those who have the right to intervene to change the course of events. Human communities, which are part of the problem, as well as the solution to it, are only skeptical and conformist about how their world is collapsing. Evidence of species extinction as a result of the thirst for wealth and power goes hand in hand with images of civilians who have become “collateral damage” amid mass military attacks whose sole purpose is economic and geopolitical control over those in power.

Memory elimination mechanisms are activated as soon as reality begins to interfere with our little everyday world and disturb our consciousness. It is a way to push out of our minds what we have no means of influencing; it is a crab mechanism that seeks an empty shell on the beach to hide from its predators and prolong its life. The problem is that we do not have a shelter that would protect us from destroying the elusive framework of coexistence on which we relied. Among them is a purified and abstract idea of ​​the meaning of democracy.

On the path to oblivion and conformism, we eventually abandoned our active role as members of organized societies. The rules of the game have been changed for us, and we continue to play without knowing the opponent’s tricks, because we also don’t know who he is. Like a crab, we seek uncertain refuge in oblivion. And, like the crab, we consider ourselves immune to the trained eye of the predators around us.

We are influenced by the past every time we try to forget it.

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