Talk of Non-Hobbesian apocalypses? have me digging through my notes for adjacent thinking, since everyone is in this mode I might as well get some questions up:
After some huge calamity, how long does it take people to forget? How do we remember? Who is in charge of that?
We used to say the victors write history, but rebel general statues dotting the South appears to be a clever hack.
I’m already throttling at full cynicism in that thread, so I didn’t share the incident it reminded me of from a few years ago, where I met a college graduate that had “heard of” the Berlin Wall.
Now that can be read lots of ways. There are all kinds of weird things that we all don’t have access to in equal parts. Remember, until recently it was Stranger Things times, and culture and news were syncing are lightspeed across the lands.
But it is worrisome.
It makes me wonder, thousands of years ago, what few elders there were looked around and saw people just dying for stupid reasons left and right and were like, ya know what? We need some scary stories to freak people into survival.
Well, elders with beards.
So, what are examples of calamities forgotten (like those burning coal towns in New England), covered up () or remembered vigilantly? Also, what is the shortest amount of time a calamity can be forgotten?