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    The Ancestral Library, a New Tradition

    Imagine a family library consisting of memoirs written by your ancestors. Imagine the chance for personal growth having something like this at your disposal would offer. It would offer a chance not only to see the world through their eyes, and thereby a chance to extend your own life back in time, but also a chance to learn from all their experiences, both the good and the bad. They wouldn’t all have to be perfect professional biographies. Diaries and journals would do just fine. Really, anything that would provide a view into the person’s soul and give an cohesive outline of its development would do, even something as simple as a list of personal hobbies, hopes and fears.

    This library would always be available, in parts, to our children but would officially become available once they reached full maturity, between the ages of 22 and 26.

    What do you think?

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    Of course this is obviously not for everyone. Those inclined to write would write and seek out others who do the same and we might, eventually, form a sort of intellectual aristocracy centered around this tradition.

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    Sounds to me like a written version of the old tradition of telling tales of your ancestors. That until recently existed among rural and old noble families. And some of them have started writing down those stories because the tradition of passing that knowledge down orally was disappearing.

    These stories, together with material objects related to some of those stories, helped the generation of the moment link to their ancestors. And also to learn that at least some of them have faced situations that look like what they are going trough and how they dealt with it.
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    It seems limited to highly aristocratic families, but I like the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GroeneWolf View Post
    Sounds to me like a written version of the old tradition of telling tales of your ancestors. That until recently existed among rural and old noble families. And some of them have started writing down those stories because the tradition of passing that knowledge down orally was disappearing.

    These stories, together with material objects related to some of those stories, helped the generation of the moment link to their ancestors. And also to learn that at least some of them have faced situations that look like what they are going trough and how they dealt with it.
    That's not what I had in mind. Oral traditions outline the experiences of the community as a whole, they're an amalgamation of varoius experiences of varoius individuals who may or may not be dirrectly related to you. What I had in mind is a dirrect record of your true ancestors' minds. Their counscoiusness. Their soul, if you like. A record of their thoughts, their fears, their hopes, their loves, even their maladaptive tendencies.

    The brain is maleable, and in many ways shaped by the environment, but in the end the biggest limiting facot in its development is the genetic information passed down to you by your ancestors. The point is, we think like our ancestors. We are extentions of their consciousness.

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