How important is nostalgia?

How important is nostalgia?

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What role does nostalgia play in living a meaningful life?

[You can define "meaningful" as you see fit.]

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According to Cambridge dictionary: "...a feeling of pleasure and also slight sadness when you think about things that happened in the past." Exactly what it is to me. It helps me sort my memories.

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@fmf said
What role does nostalgia play in living a meaningful life?

[You can define "meaningful" as you see fit.]
I can’t remember whether it was important to me or not. Oh well, c’est la vie.

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@fmf said
What role does nostalgia play in living a meaningful life?

[You can define "meaningful" as you see fit.]
I have one or two childhood friends who used to eschew nostalgia but I find nowadays, as they approach 60 years of age, they are more inclined towards it. Perhaps there is a point in life after which people derive more pleasure from being nostalgic.

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@fmf said
I have one or two childhood friends who used to eschew nostalgia but I find nowadays, as they approach 60 years of age, they are more inclined towards it. Perhaps there is a point in life after which people derive more pleasure from being nostalgic.
They need it.

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@torunn said
They need it.
I suppose it can be part and parcel of contentment and perspective.

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@fmf said
I have one or two childhood friends who used to eschew nostalgia but I find nowadays, as they approach 60 years of age, they are more inclined towards it. Perhaps there is a point in life after which people derive more pleasure from being nostalgic.
fmf, Mark that one down on a calendar. I agree with you.

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@fmf said
I suppose it can be part and parcel of contentment and perspective.
True, a way of bringing back the good memories and a feeling of sadness that they passed to quickly.

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@fmf said
What role does nostalgia play in living a meaningful life?
a child hasn't the memories upon which to build nostalgia
the good ole days, wayback when, times of yore,
an olde person, with memories both comforting and not so comforting, wants to be comforted
and thus relies on nostalgia to shield him/her from the past pain

nostalgia is a drug

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Nostalgia is ok, but it isn’t what it used to be.

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@divegeester said
Nostalgia is ok, but it isn’t what it used to be.
i don't remember.

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@the-grifter said
i don't remember.
Err, what was the question ?

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@divegeester said
Nostalgia is ok, but it isn’t what it used to be.
It never was.

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@rookie54 said
a child hasn't the memories upon which to build nostalgia
the good ole days, wayback when, times of yore,
an olde person, with memories both comforting and not so comforting, wants to be comforted
and thus relies on nostalgia to shield him/her from the past pain

nostalgia is a drug
The dichotomy here doesn't have to be CHILD v ADULT.

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@rookie54 said
nostalgia is a drug
Nostalgia is context. For two or more people, it is commonality. Nostalgia can make some sense of or offer perspective on current events or situations. Nostalgia can shape plans for the future.