The history of society affects culture and remembrance of people. Memory is the ability to recall previous events. In the text Les Lieux de Memoire, Pierre Nora shows how memory is formed and how history makes people forget some memorable occurrences. In the text, one can see the significance of memory on history.
A gradual change in culture denotes the failure for a fast change in history. Industrial growth of a country contributes to its underdevelopment. Colonization is another way that impedes the ability to develop. Speeding up of the history of society is one of the reasons leading to a loss in collective memory. This obstructs people from distinguishing between actual memory and social status. Memory appears to be the energies of life as Pierre states, “Memory is life, borne by living societies founded in its name”.
Patriots view memory as a tool to instill recollection of societal events on people. It is something that never slips away from people’s minds. Pierre (9) states, “there are as many memories as there are groups that memory is by nature multiple and yet specific”. It assists in the analyses of other countries’ culture. It is of grand importance as it helps reveal the activities of ancestors. Poor memory deters collection of information for use when implementing innovative changes.
History and memory have a certain relationship. First, one cannot recall an event if there exist no records of that event. Second, people need to know the importance of keeping records in their societies. Therefore, a lack of memorable environments contributes to diminishing memory. This is evident when Pierre Nora states in the book “Les lieux de mémoire”, “There are lieux de mémoire, sites of memory because there are no longer milieux de mémoire, real environments of memory”.