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Nostalgia and Human Suffering

Nostalgia and Human Suffering


“You must always know the past, for there is no real WAS, there is only IS.”– William Faulkner. 

I had a spare moment and decided to take the time to create a more substantial blog post- this time on the topic of nostalgia.

 We need our memories to maintain a sense of self, to understand and shape our present and to project ourselves into the future.  And yet, memories are never factual.  They are a narrative co-created by ourselves and our world.  More and more, it seems, we are taught, as individuals and as a culture, to replace the reality that does exist in memory with nostalgia.


Nostalgia is defined as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.”  In this way, nostalgia is a longing for a home that never existed since no reality, past or present is wholly happy.  

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