Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Nostalgia is not what is seems to be...

I've read and seen the movie 'the watchmen.' Throughout the book an ad campaign called "Nostalgia" is seen everywhere. On billboards, TV, in newspapers... everywhere.

Stacy and I just got back from OKC yesterday for her 20 year high school reunion. It was interesting to be an outside observer of nostalgia in action. The strange thing is that most everyone there had this past relationship in HS, but life moved forward and all that is left are nostalgic memories of the past.

In 'Watchmen' 'Nostalgia' is a fragrance. My experience of the reunion was like observing people with different fragrances of nostalgia... some people had too much on, others, not enough.

My point is that nostalgia defines the past the way you want it to be... and keeps one from being present in the now.

Maybe the point of watchmen is that we glorify the past, therefore we cant see the present.

Note: High School reunions are a bit painful to observe... I can't wait for mine!


Justin said...

The hardest thing about nostalgia as well is that we try really hard to block out the bad things we may or may not have ever dealt with, so we're left only with the good stuff and a longing to get back to it. This coupled with the fact that we're not really that good at seeing the bright side of stuff in the hear and now (we're all so tired, stressed, busy, blah blah blah), that it makes the past seem doubly good and now doubly sucky.

Justin said...

here and now...not hear and now...that's a book by Irene Taylor Brodsky