On the Harm of Collective Historical Memory

On the Harm of Collective Historical Memory

“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?”

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

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