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A very bad poem on "nostalgia"
« on: January 03, 2019, 08:17:05 PM »
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  • The word "nostalgia" in Greek can be translated as "pain."

    Its why we feel a twinge over love lost, sins committed, opportunities missed, and even happy days that will never return:

    A right thinking man desires to turn back the clock.

    It is a preternatural concept:

    We realize at some level that we can never go back, and on the other hand, that there is a desire for the simpler times of yore; a time when things were "right," so to speak.

    Of course, this is subconscious remorse for original sin, and therefore an equally subconscious knowledge that we have committed a terrible offense which cannot be made right, because time heads in the other direction.

    Tonight, it so happened that I heard some songs from the "GREASE" soundtrack (a filthy, putrid movie in every respect, but whose songs captivate because of their baseness).

    I reflected back to my childhood when these songs were popular, and I liked them.

    But nostalgia served its purpose: The trained intellect gradually regained superiority over the emotional impulses, and the Dies Irae regained its supremacy.

    But I fell sorry for all those without the trained intellect, who will succumb to the siren of GREASE (or other like productions), and they will number in the billions.  They will be drawn to revel in the realm of the emotions.

    One can see how the liberals are stuck in that realm of emotion and feeling, but God is always giving them an out.

    In the modern world the battle transcends mere musical impulses to revel in feeling and emotion, but not many escape all the snares: Social pressures, music and entertainments, etc.

    But God gave us nostalgia to make us rethink

    He gave us a tear for the past at the natural level to make us consider the supernatural level as well.

    Life is hard.

    If it was easy, nostalgia might not have the desired effect.

    I miss the past.

    The love of the past made me traditional.

    I thank God for my grandparents, and the love of them which made me love the past.

    But 3 of 4 are now dead, and the last is almost completely delusional.

    I miss them.

    But had it not been for time spent with them, I would not have been predisposed to love the "old days."

    The pain which I feel from their loss increases instead if decreases.

    But I see God's providence in that:

    It will keep me traditional, spurning the modern world and GREASE, and cling to the faith.

    Nostalgia/pain, rightly considered, is a beneficial thing.


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    Re: A very bad poem on "nostalgia"
    « Reply #1 on: January 26, 2019, 10:27:07 PM »
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  • Alone among the creatures of the world, man suffers a pang both bitter and sweet. It is an ache for the homecoming. The Greeks called it nostalgia

    Post-modern man, homeless almost by definition, cannot understand nostalgia. If he is a progressive, dreaming of a utopia to come, he dismisses it contemptuously, eager to bury a past he despises. If he is a reactionary, he sentimentalizes it, dreaming of a lost golden age.

    In this profound reflection, Anthony Esolen explores the true meaning of nostalgia and its place in the human heart. Drawing on the great works of Western literature from the Odyssey to Flannery O'Connor, he traces the development of this fundamental longing from the pagan's desire for his earthly home, which most famously inspired Odysseys' heroic return to Ithaca, to its transformation under Christianity. The doctrine of the fall of man forestalls sentimental traditionalism by insisting that there has been no Eden since Eden. And the revelation of heaven as our true and final home, directing man's longing to the next world, paradoxically strengthens and ennobles the pilgrim's devotion to his home in this world.

    In our own day, Christian nostalgia stands in frank opposition to the secular usurpation of this longing. Looking for a city that does not exist, the progressive treats original sin, which afflicts everyone, as mere political error, which afflicts only his opponents. To him, history is a long tale of misery with nothing to teach us. Despising his fathers, he lives in a world without piety. Only the future, which no one can know, is real to him. It is an idol that justifies all manner of evil and folly.

    Nostalgia rightly understood is not an invitation to repeat the sins of the past or to repudiate what experience and reflection have taught us, but to hear the call of sanity and sweetness again. Perhaps we will shake our heads as if awaking from a bad and feverish dream and, coming to ourselves, resolve, like the Prodigal, to "arise and go to my father's house."

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    Re: A very bad poem on "nostalgia"
    « Reply #2 on: January 28, 2019, 02:47:09 PM »
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  • The word "nostalgia" in Greek can be translated as "pain."
    νόστος means more like a "homecoming"
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  • νόστος means more like a "homecoming"

    Right, but then you add in the root "algos", meaning pain, and the compound means something like the "pain of returning home" (mentally that is).  More typically it's understood as a reference to homesickness.


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