Here's the deal: if any of you have things that are interesting to write about, please do. There's no rule that says you have to comment on what is up there, especially if it takes a while to read, like this one or the one before. I was gonna lead off with something provocative like facial hair at BYU or homosexual marriages, but instead I think I'll start with something I heard on NPR this morning.
Someone was talking about (Jewish Thinker) Elie Wisel and his theological obsession with remembering. For him, salvation lies in our ability to remember. Now I don't know all the specifics behind his reasoning besides he was a holocaust survivor, but the idea sounds good to me. I mean, the BoM is all about remembering the past and the same goes for a good portion of the rituals we do in the temple and otherwise.
In response this commentator from Yale divinity school, Miroslav Volf, said something along these lines: Memory can be a shield and a sword. In other words, memory can be dangerous. Volf says that people remember similar things in different ways, and use those remembrances as motivation for less-than-noble causes. Just look at fascism in the 20s and 30s.
This led me to another thought. Really, christianity requires us to do a lot of forgetting as well. The trite way to say it is that we are required to "forgive and forget." Shouldn't we magnamiously erase from our memories the wrongs others have done to us "seventy times seven"?
So what determines what we should remember and what we should forget? So I ask this, how and what should we remember? How and what should we forget?