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The Meaning of Nostalgia
Nostalgia is sentimentality for the past, typically for a particular period or place with positive associations, but sometimes also for the past in general, 'the good old days' of yore. At the end of André Brink's novel, An Instant in the Wind, the character of Adam memorably says, 'The land which happened inside us no one can take away from us again, not even ourselves.'

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The past is part of who we are. We are made up of imagination and memory and dearly-won virtues.

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Adults aren't disappointing because they have grown bigger, or got jobs, or taken on responsibilities.

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True minimalism is not about throwing things out, but about challenging your beliefs in an attempt to engage with ideas as they are, to not shy away from reality or its lack of answers. 

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