Memory, a bridge towards future

We call memory to the faculty of remembering the past, to the traces and the meanings that leaves in us the experienced; It is changeable and is associated with the representations we have of ourselves and our society. In the same way, we could call memory to which allows us to imagine and build the future we want.

In Colombia, it is difficult trying to imagine a reality in peace, because the memories of our country without conflict are almost non-existent. Even so, the war experience has impressed us enough to seek and desire peace. In moments of sadness we imagine joy, and the experience of that joy fixed in our memory, makes us desire it and act to recover it.

Likewise, hope, as it is imagined during war and pain, becomes an essential part of the present and inspires our desires and expectations for the future.

To the extent that we can use the past as a resource for life, we can transform our past and our realities into new history, freeing ourselves from the resignation and immobility of historical events, to make possible a reality different from war, death and violence. Memory can generate transformative actions, giving life to the future and keeping vivid memories of the past.

For the House of Memory Museum, it is necessary that the exercises memory construction and pedagogy are accompanied by a powerful and new vital current; by a vision of the past that does not weaken the present or uproot the future, but also to promote in people, as conscious subjects of their past, a creative impulse to imagine and to build all together a Colombia in peace.