Place, Marriage, and Memory

Place, Marriage, and Memory

Places are dependent upon organic, authentic, intergenera­tional human communities. As a soci­ety becomes more atomized—that is, as the bonds that tie man to man are severed and we conceive of ourselves as balls in a lottery machine, colliding at random and never touching for more than a moment—the lifeblood of places is drained. Individuals may associate idiosyncratic feelings and meanings with a location, but they are not shared and thus they contribute nothing to the communal understanding (based in shared experiences, memories, and lore) on which a place is based. In this situ­ation, meaningful places don’t just die; they never come into being.

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