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Nostalgia - Reflective or Restorative

Original post made by marc665, Midtown, on Aug 15, 2019

Happened to be watching Instinct last night and one of the characters talked about the two types of Nostalgia, Reflective and Restorative.

Restorative nostalgia deals with the "return home" portion, making you want to reconstruct and relive the way things were in the past. Reflective nostalgia centers on longing, letting you simmer in those wistful and yearning feelings while accepting that the past is the past.

It seems that a lot of Palo Alto residents have "Restorative nostalgia" They can't accept that the past is the past and want to force a return to what they remember Palo Alto used to be 50 years ago.

Comments?

/marc

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 15, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Twisted framing ... this has nothing to do with nostalgia, but you have to frame it in such a way as you can dismiss critics of Palo Alto's loss of community in some way without actually making an argument. It has nothing to do with nostalgia; a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past; any more than the refugees from the Paradise fire are nostalgic about having their homes back. All you want to push here is your own decree that everyone should shut up and accept Palo Alto is fine no matter what happens to it or how it changes.

Why does reading every editorial these days take so much effort to decipher the nonsense out of that is barely makes sense to try. I am nostalgic for the days where an editorial said what it meant without being neuro-linguistically engineered, and news was reporting on facts. Is that restorative or reflective do you think?


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Posted by PA Restorative Nostalgia = Unrealistic
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 15, 2019 at 2:38 pm

Restorative nostalgia is generally counterproductive & 'for entertainment purposes only'.

Reflective nostalgia are reminiscent longings & also 'for entertainment purposes only'.

"We can't go back. We can only look behind from where we came."
"The Circle Game" by Joni Mitchell


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Posted by A Millennial View
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm

>> "It seems that a lot of Palo Alto residents have "Restorative nostalgia" They can't accept that the past is the past and want to force a return to what they remember Palo Alto used to be 50 years ago."

^^^That is because they are having difficulty adapting & adjusting to the new Palo Alto...so they DWELL in the past & yearn for the idyllic years of their younger days. Every generation does this.

Many Baby Boomers deluded themselves into thinking they would remain 'forever young' when in reality they are getting 'forever older'.

50 is not the new 30...it never was & never will be despite all of the advances in Botox treatments, hair coloration & various cosmetic surgeries.












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Posted by A Millennial View
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 15, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Forgot to add...if someone is fixated on 'restorative nostalgia' emanating from 50 years ago, they've got be somewhere in their 60s or older...and 60 is not the new 40. Seriously. *LOL*


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Posted by Old Fart
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 16, 2019 at 10:31 am

I am sad for you Millenial. Your vitriol and nasty comments must be reflective of your overall personality, you must be a joy to live with.


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Posted by in the present
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm

I'm an empty nester, I have a dog and today when I was walking my dog in the neighborhood I heard a lot of kids outside playing, pack of teens waking, it's back to school, it's great even though our family is not part of any of the school communities anymore.

I am nostalgic but what I'm hearing are the kids living their life *now*

Life is a cycle, so wanting what we know or what we are used to - *say safe, quiet, clean streets* for families to enjoy today and now is not being stuck in some idyllic past.

There are all the world's problems to take on, but what we can most influence is where we live and there is no shame in nostalgia that reminds us of what we like or appreciate.


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