Sunday, December 3, 2023

#337 / Gone But Not Forgotten?


To most of us, that phrase, "Gone But Not Forgottten," is familiar. If you click this link, you will find the results I got when I typed the phrase into my browser search bar. 

The image above comes from a blog posting by Tim Wooton. That blog posting may or may not be "sponsored," I don't know, but it celebrates what Wooton calls a "ground-breaking drug," Kaftrio, used to treat cystic fibrosis. "Gone but not forgotten" is a familiar phrase.

Here's a phrase that I can't remember ever having heard, but that came to me in that "crazy dream" that I mentioned in one of my past blog postings

Forgotten But Not Gone

While I can't, personally, remember ever having heard the phrase, if you type that phrase into your browser search bar, you'll find a short film, songs, and an online game with that title. That phrase, in other words, is a demonstration of what the phrase itself says. It's "forgotten but not gone."  

Our system of democratic self-government is directly tied to experiences, actions, and ideas that seem, at least sometimes, to be "forgotten." But our political and revolutionary legacy is "not gone." 

As we face the future, terrifying in all the horrible possibilities that we sense ahead of us, let us realize that what we may seem to have "forgotten" is not, in fact, "gone." I am thinking, particularly, of the revolutionary principles and experiences that still sustain us, and that refresh our recollection of what was said on our behalf at the very start: 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all persons are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Speaking for myself, our Declaration of Independence - and everything it proclaims - is not "forgotten." 

And it's not "gone," either!

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