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    Why do we tend to make shrines of tragic failure types of locations?

    The Alamo?
    The Arizona?
    Ground Zero?

    Why not equal emphasis on places where good things happened.
    Like a monument on a beach where the first bikini was worn?
    Medical achievements, etc...
     
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    I think it helps a lot of people cope with tragedy and put things in perspective to have a physical place to show their respects. It's human.

    But yeah...I see your point. How about a monument to pizza? With free samples. :eusa_drool:

    It's lunch time.
     
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    Because mystery surrounds death. It's something that humans fear, because we cannot imagine a world without our presence. We memorialize tragedy as a way to give meaning where meaninglessness seems to exist.
     
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    Because mystery surrounds death. It's something that humans fear, because we cannot imagine a world without our presence. We memorialize tragedy as a way to give meaning where meaninglessness seems to exist.[/QUOTE]

    Interesting take on it. I've never looked at it from quite that angle. I've always approached it more from the paying honor aspect.
     
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    Because mystery surrounds death. It's something that humans fear, because we cannot imagine a world without our presence. We memorialize tragedy as a way to give meaning where meaninglessness seems to exist.[/quote]

    Interesting take on it. I've never looked at it from quite that angle. I've always approached it more from the paying honor aspect.[/quote]

    It's both.:) We pay honor to those whose lives have been sacrificed, either willingly or by an act of fate. When we lose someone we love, it's difficult to identify with them any longer, so we, in effect, try to keep their memory alive. It sounds silly, but it's a human need to continue relationship with those who have left us. I lost a son back in 1995. I have a box that I keep a few of his personal belongings and mementos in. My rational mind knows he's gone, but I keep a part of him here symbolically. I know that he is gone physically, but the emotional bond is unbreakable and is the meaningful part of human relation.
     
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    may as well ask "Why do bears shit in the woods?"
     
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    There is a human tendency to not want to forget the dead.

    If we just forget the dead then it means death is the end.

    No matter how we try death is the end and the real advantage of not forgetting the dead is the chance to learn the lessons the history leaves us.


    Its when we rewrite the real history that we fail ourselves.

    Please righties quit rewriting history for you political gain.

    Bad info in = bad decisions.
     
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    Interesting take on it. I've never looked at it from quite that angle. I've always approached it more from the paying honor aspect.[/quote]

    It's both.:) We pay honor to those whose lives have been sacrificed, either willingly or by an act of fate. When we lose someone we love, it's difficult to identify with them any longer, so we, in effect, try to keep their memory alive. It sounds silly, but it's a human need to continue relationship with those who have left us. I lost a son back in 1995. I have a box that I keep a few of his personal belongings and mementos in. My rational mind knows he's gone, but I keep a part of him here symbolically. I know that he is gone physically, but the emotional bond is unbreakable and is the meaningful part of human relation.[/QUOTE] Hey sorry about your son man. I hate to hear shit like that. You're right though. The body is ashes to ashes. The memory lives on no matter what. And I'll bet he really appreciates that box. I think we remain aware of what's going on once we've departed. I do believe there is a spirit.
     
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    Humans like being victims. We celebrate it.
     
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    True, we are emotionally driven animals.
     

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