Ahh… Nostalgia… I was just thinking back to a time when I was feeling nostalgic. That was a good time. To relive this nostalgia, I’ll post an editorial about it.
But, enough irony. I shouldn’t procrastinate with jokes any longer and, instead, just get right into the article. After all, there’s plenty of time for procrastination later. Damn. I did it again.
Nostalgia, as accepted by the people at large, is a fantasy about the past. In and of itself, it’s not a bad thing, though it can be used as such. But, before we can figure out how to prevent using it for evil, we have to figure out its purpose.
Every emotion has a purpose. Anger and fear are easy. I had to get help figuring out despair. Nostalgia is a tough one. Honestly, I’m not sure, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s purpose is to help one go on in bad times by reminding him of good times. They don’t have to be good times, but if he remembers them that way, he can have hope for the future.
Of course, far too many people try to use this, “it was better in the past” mentality to return society to the past. You know what? No. It wasn’t. I mean, yeah. Some things were but, more often than not, the things the person wants to bring back from the past weren’t.
Like most people, I’ve been nostalgic. I even believed, many times, what I was feeling. Then, there was the day I was nostalgising about the time I was committed, and I made a very quick realisation, “What the hell am I doing? I’m fantasising about the worst time in my life.” Then, I coined the saying, “Nostalgia is remembering the bad times and fantasising they were good times.”
And, that’s pretty much what nostalgia is. You’re romanticising the past. Times weren’t really better. Use your brain for a minute and you’ll realise that nostalgia rarely does anything good for you. It makes you feel good, and that’s about it. If you want to bask in nostalgia for a minute like that, do it, but don’t try to bring the past back. That would be a huge mistake.