There can be many arguments, in households, in families and in societies, when one person's heritage is swept away, thrown away or destroyed to make way for the ambitions of someone else. The problem is that the result is grief. Heritage, once lost, cannot be replaced. It is, therefore, much like a person.
To be human, in the view of many people espousing human rights, is to be irreplaceable. It is to have intrinsic value.
To be human, in accordance with human rights, is to be respected as an essential part of the heritage of the world. It is not to be considered as clutter.
It may seem as if the removal of layers of the past can simplify life, yet is also diminishes life. It diminishes what it means to be human. It is a denial of experience rather than the transcendence of the past.
To rise above past experiences of distress is to embrace heritage peacefully and compassionately, with an acknowledgement of the value of human rights. The meaning of being human is itself often open to argument.
Your own quiet reflections may bring further meaning to your life when thinking about the meaning of your own heritage. It may be especially worthwhile to reflect upon the possible meaning and value of your clutter to other people.
How do you usually separate heritage from clutter?
Through Quieter Living...
A comfortable search for peace
The valuing of shared values
Vespers not Vespas
Perfecting the past
A long way from Italy
Wedgwood, Darwin and me
Groups, gatherings and glamour
Heritage, inner peace and world peace
Are people the real home?
In the name of enjoyment
In the name of sentimentality
The most courteous people in the world
The spice of life
Your amazing journey into existence
Identity across the centuries
Discovering your ancestral history and heritage
Connect to your heritage
Understanding your ancestry, genealogy and heritage
Superstitions and traditions
Finding your ancestors where you are now
Lost relatives regained
Exciting new discoveries
My heritage, your heritage, our heritage
Unlocking Australia's past
A genealogical look around
Just starting out with family history research
Family history delvings and unexpected destinations
Jobs and ancestors
Work, literacy, poverty and conscription