miércoles, 4 de diciembre de 2013

Why remember the dead

The commemoration of All Souls Day encourages the hope that humans never die.

Rigorous evocation of unfortunate events such as the World Wars, the Holocaust of the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis, or the genocide of the Armenians by the Turks and many others, are made with the intention that will not happen again.

"With the intention" or the silent hope, perhaps I should say.

The logic could be expressed by saying that forgetting encourages repetition and its opposite : as we remember the unfortunate facts avoid repeating the same mistake.

In psychoanalysis tends to be emphasized in the opposite view. It is said that some people do what they do with the intention of not evoke any memories that brought to consciousness, would be disturbing.

In other words, for example, is a valid hypothesis to assume that someone lost his fortune several times to know that it is because he fears adopted son. In other words, manages to deliberately lose their heritage to imagine that it was he who decided to be abandoned by their parents and that was not given.

This logic is so illogical that I can now plantearles an equally illogical suggestion.

The November 2 is recognized as The Day of the Dead.

Catholics commemorate this day, allocating it to work (imaginary) with the deceased faithful who still were in Purgatory, pending atone for their earthly sins.

Therefore, the faithful who are still alive and help the deceased so they can finally rest in peace.

Some may believe that this systematic reminder for those who have died serving that does not happen again, that is, even those who did not die to become immortal.

Note: Original in Spanish (without translation by Google): Para qué recordar a los muertos.

(Este es el Artículo Nº 2.101)

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