I discussed this post with 2 people in a hangout.
Join the hangout now: Why are people interested in visiting sites of tragedy? A British university is going to open an 'Institute of Dark Tourism' - which will look at why people go to places like Auschwitz or Ground Zero. Have you ever been somewhere like this in your own country? Why did you go? Do you think it's necessary to face the past - or are you concerned that countries cash in on these events? Please post your comments below (or come and say hi in the hangout) and say which country you're in.
Controlling the future is a little difficult. But, you can at least plan for it by learning from the past.
I think it's more to do with the strength of the human spirit to go through such terrible times. When, for example, you've read about troops coming ashore on D-Day at Omaha Beach and then seen the beach in reality, you come to understand humanity and what humans are capable of overcoming that little bit more.
In order to have good examination of conscience, it requires one the freedom to think objectively about the past. Revisiting the past can help one have a better perspective of things around and how what we as human beings do can affect our future.
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