In the days when nostalgia was a disease people were punished for looking back. A nostalgic soldier might have been buried alive for expressing that they miss home.
“For a little boy who missed his wet nurse, doctors brought her back and then slowly conditioned him to spend time away from her. The soldiers sometimes were treated with less patience. French doctor Jourdan Le Cointe thought nostalgia should be treated by “inciting pain and terror,” as Svetlana Boym describes in her book The Future of Nostalgia.
Le Cointe cited the example of the Russian army’s outbreak of nostalgia in 1733, on its way to Germany. The general told the troops that the first one to come down the nostalgic virus would be buried alive, and actually made good on his threat a couple times, which nipped that right in the bud.
When nostalgia finally made its way to the United States, after the Civil War, the “scare it out of them” tactic was replaced with “shame it out of them.” American military doctor Theodore Calhoun thought nostalgia was something to be ashamed of, that those who suffered from it were unmanly, idle and weak-willed. He proposed curing it with a healthy dose of public ridicule and bullying.” http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/when-nostalgia-was-a-disease/278648/?google_editors_picks=true
The tendency for society to make breaks from the past in order to make the present (or future) more accessible and more highly valued appears to stretch into the seventeenth century when nostalgia was coined as a medical term and practices developed to combat it.
Adoptees see this practice from the inside. How does the break with the past affect how you relate to it and feel about it? Is nostalgia part of your interest or is it something else? If it is different than nostalgia, what is it?