We Need More Cowbells: How Nostalgia Keeps Us in the Present

Imagine forgetting John Lennon.

It isn’t hard to do when collective memory fades. 

We remember things because they have meaning for us and we forget things because other things become more important.

Seeing people and hearing songs that aren’t part of our day-to-day conversation brings with it a sense of nostalgia, a longing for the past, and a remembrance of what had been. And in that longing and in those memories, we form a connection to what had been things or people who once mattered to us and then, the realization of all that has been lost. 

Is it that realization that makes us lonely, or does the loneliness come when we remember what was once real. 

How does nostalgia become a way for us to forget our loneliness?

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