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Memory is a strange experience. Memory can inspire and memory can warn. Memory can also be manipulated. We would like to think that our minds record what has happened, like a video tape, but instead, we store bits and pieces of the experience, and our minds construct what we call a “memory” in the moment of remembering — or re-membering, putting the pieces back together in a story that serves this moment. Memory, including our personal history, is constantly being re-membered. Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living.
The same is true of social memory, whether it’s culture or history. We have been taught, perhaps, that history is about what happened long ago. But here too, we re-member what happened — we patch together a story that hangs together well (or not) and that informs us for the future. Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living. As one example: what stories are we telling this week about our country, the election? Which re-membering will serve to heal the world, to serve goodness?
Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of how we construct memory, both personal and social. This Sunday, we will be participating in this platform via video, as Jone delivers it from the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. We are going to experiment with sharing the response period, taking questions from those sharing the platform.
“The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.” – Felix Adler
Our Ethics Matters theme for November is Memory – The practice of honest remembrance, including honoring those who’ve gone before us and showed us a way.
11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another. We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30. After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks. Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!