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Note: The next tip will be about leaving the past in the past. It may be confusing, but details will clear things up.

One of the reasons that this society that exists at the time I write this tip is a pre-apocalyptic society is that we long for a fresh start. In a part of our collective psychology, we have a desire to burn the whole thing to the ground and start anew, as though the whole thing never happened.

That will lead to a temptation. People will carry over resentments and anger from the previous society. The temptation will be to say that that all happened in and belongs to a world now dead. Nothing that happened in the old world has a place in the new. That's even the temptation now, cast a world of wrongs in the past and claim that it has no relevance to the present.

The problem, of course, is that the past will still have happened.

By example, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863. I'm writing this on June 22, 2017. The effects of slavery still remain. Nobody alive today either owned or was owned in the Antebellum South. Yet, some families still have the wealth and other still lack for same. Conventional wisdom developed in order to justify slavery still has some hold in the American mindset.

We have, at the same time, people arguing that slavery was good and arguing that it's so far in the past as to be completely irrelevant to today... sometimes the exact same person making both arguments.

If one hundred and forty four years cannot erase the effects of the past, neither will the incomplete annihilation of the human species.

Also note that the past will still have been where we learned current modes of behavior. If one citizen of your new society (even yourself) engaged in bad behavior in the pre-apocalyptic society, that still has to be acknowledged. It still has to be understood and deconstructed. If for no other reason, to avoid repeating the past.

Forgive and forget is something one person can choose. Your society may or may not choose to forgive. I can't make that choice for anybody but myself. But, I urge you never to forget.

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