Old album with other people’s photos. “And people are passing by, people are walking…” This episode formed the basis of the thoughts of the writer Julia Lyalikova over the problem of historical memory.
A case from life: the narrator finds an old album with photos near the trash. The author draws attention to the fact that increasingly modern culture replaces the achievements of the past, “except for the old people there is no one to mourn about the loss of memory” because the youth “look back and look under your feet once.” The writer with a feeling of genuine bitterness writes that “the wheels of all Russian historical events” have passed through the lives of many Russians, and the memory of them is not preserved, is dying away. So the author tries to reach out to our hearts and remind each of us about the need to cherish the memory of our relatives, of our loved ones.
Yu. Lyalikova believes that it is our duty
to preserve the memory of our ancestors and convey the memories of them to descendants. The author calls on us to keep the memory of our relatives without regard to their success, achievements, position in society, “without regard for rank and rank.” She expresses her confidence that without millions of ordinary Russians “no wheel of history would make a turn and there would be no country, great and mighty.”
I agree with the author. I think that the new generation must realize its duty to people who have made history in difficult times. Including this is the memory of the Great Patriotic War, of the people who defended our country during this harsh time. But memory is also traces of material culture.
It is no accident that DS Likhachev in his Letters on the Good and Beautiful says that memory is the basis of culture and morality. A well-known philologist and culturologist believes that if a person does not like to look at old photographs of his parents, does not appreciate the memory of them in the things left, so he does not like them. According to Likhachev, if a person is indifferent
to the historical monuments of his country, it means that he is unpatriotic. In his Letters on the Good and Beautiful, Likhachev encourages the reader to take part in the preservation of culture, not to be indifferent to the past of his camp and his people.
Vl. Soloukhin in the story “Black Plaques” tells about the destruction of churches in the twentieth century. These unique monuments of Russian architecture, in which more than one generation of our ancestors were married and sung, are dear to the author’s heart. Soloukhin is amazed that boxes are made of beautiful ancient icons. The writer is convinced that we are losing our human appearance when we neglect historical monuments.
It seems to me that the problem of historical memory is very acute today. The history of our loved ones and of our country should not be forgotten. Destroying and forgetting the past, we lose our historical roots.