As it is written…

“To forget is to deny the relevance of the past.”

Elie Wiesel, Five Biblical Portraits, 1981

I encountered dementia face-to-face on Easter Sunday.  It was heartbreaking and disturbing and brought to mind these words we’ve used in previous posts by Nobel Peace Prize winner and Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel, perhaps best known at least to younger generations for his book Night about his Auschwitz experience.

To forget is to deny the relevance of the past.

The sentence is couched in his chapter on Jeremiah where the prophet reprimands the Jewish people for ‘forgetting the words of God – and worse: forgetting that they have forgotten.’  Take a few moments and wrap your brain around that statement:  forgetting that they have forgotten.

We also attune ourselves to the wisdom that the world is three days…

  • Today is here and now, so work on it.
  • Yesterday is gone and everything in it.
  • Tomorrow may never come.

Fair enough, but we are products of our past and the many lessons we’ve learned on our journey that brings us to this moment.  What have you forgotten along the way, valuable lessons that you forget that you have forgotten?  Take time to consider those things and take time to remember.  The past, indeed, is relevant.

To forget is to deny the relevance of the past.


4 responses to “To Forget”

  1. Theresa Schneider Avatar
    Theresa Schneider

    Thanks for this thought provoking-mail.
    Dziękuje bardzo.

  2. Randy Leavitt/San Antonio, Texas Avatar
    Randy Leavitt/San Antonio, Texas

    I have Elie Wiesel’s Night Trilogy. It is hard to believe that humans can be so cruel to others. Are You really there, God? I have hope that in the future there will be a new heaven and a new earth.

    1. Simonides Avatar

      I am certain there will be.

  3. Poignant. We are awash in forgetfulness. Well done, Gene.

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