In the societies with deep dependence on their Autobiographical memories, without paying much attention to the history, there is always a hidden fear of backwardness. Because in this view the past and the future both will be placed in the shadow of the memories related to a shorter time, which comes from a very touchable moment in the present and its near past.
The war, poverty, cultural loss, lack of education, and the limitation of mankind and thinking freedom in a society are some important causes of much relying to the autobiographical memories. As there is always something in your memories that are more pleasant from your status quo.
When a society start to communicate with this part of its memories more than a normal relationship, which could have a very wide range from traditional customs, the old alleys and houses, the childhood plays, even the childhood cartoons and toys; there is something abnormal around the issue.
In this society, very soon, the signs of separation between generations will appear. As the elders start to reviewing what they used to have and to do in the past and to criticize the new generation, their habits and their life styles and even their memories. The elders won’t share their sacred memories with youngers and won’t try to pass it on them. Instead, they try to keep this forbidden town untouched and forever!
Societies that are experiencing unsustainable politics and economy systems are the victims of this cultural poverty. As, when a society face to an unsustainable situation which is getting worse, day after other, the collective memories and cultural aspects would be the first victims of it. With no social and governmental support, the memory will turn to become a hidden treasure that is lost somewhere.
In such society, there is a big threat for the loss of social and cultural aspects that have a deep root in collective memories. A very good sample of such a society in twenty first century, are the Middle East countries.
Here is the very exact point that reach to the importance of connection between the concept of preservation and collective memory with the society. Preservation is an important issue that is clearly dependent on the educational, economical, and political supports beside social supports, which very rarely can receive it from a society affected with such challenges.
The preservation issue in such places generally will be stopped by the very basic definitions and approaches. Not more than preservation of historic monuments, and very rarely could move through more critical aspects. I think this is the moment of creation of the concept of “ancient civilizations at risk,” which is even more serious and wider than the concept of “heritage at risk.”
What we can do for the cultural awakening and collective memory preservation for these societies? What are the best and more approachable solutions for this global problem?