In an interesting way... history turns things upside down. Let me explain how. In our everyday lives we use a lot of energy not to make things wrong. If we make a mistake at work it's embarrasing. If we make mistakes in the relation to our family it's even worse. To be told that you have been a bad parent would be just awful.

But, TRY FOR A SECOND TO FORGET THE NOW and see things in a family historical perspective. Who would be the most fun person to have as a great grandfather: a nice and calm man or some violent, dangerous man? Who would be the most interesting great grandmother: someone who was always easy and diplomatic, or someone who was difficult and complicated?

Who would be the most exciting person to have as a relative: someone who lived an ordinary life with a well-payed job and a well-functioning marriage, who played golf and died peacefully at 80? OR someone who drank to much, couldn't keep a job, died at 50 - and maybe left some beautiful, revealing poems in his top drawer? I think this is a good perspective to have in mind.


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