Tue, 15 March 2016
Remember the good old days? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss how Netflix’s Fuller House and Trump’s promise to “Make America Great Again” play upon our love for nostalgia. The past, however, isn’t the same for everyone. Most of us tend to romanticize the past. For some, the “good old days” were good because of systemic inequalities made life favorable, for them. For others, the past is full of painful prejudices, racism, gender inequalities, and abuses. Fear of the unknown also makes a return to the past a more favorable option, which may explain much of Trump’s political success to date. And our need for security and comfort explains why an 80s show like Full House can pick up where it left off and garner millions of viewers with the Netflix original series Fuller House. Obviously, nostalgia fuels our perception of both the past and the future. How then, can we practice a mindful and tempered remembrance? Erin and Hannah consider the biblical mandate to approach the past with both gratitude and repentance, a call to balance our remembrance with grace and truth.