If you were fortunate you grew up with loving parents; they may be gone, there's a lasting emotional attachment. You have fond memories of grandparents; perhaps fragmentary memories of great grandparents from early childhood. Artefacts are preserved and there are equally treasured stories of previous generations.
Generations back the number of ancestors increases to fill a village, then several villages, then a country, etc., few would claim an emotional attachment. Can you appreciate the life of people who lived several hundred years ago… there's no app for that!
Falling into the vastness of forgotten history is our fate, even before history itself evaporates in astronomical catastrophe.
Not to despair.
Megan Smolenyak's in her Honoring our Ancestors website expresses it:
"Perhaps the most powerful and under-appreciated aspect of genealogy is its ability to bring people together - across time, distance and other barriers."The Genealogy in Time newsletter has an article on Why Genealogy Is Important which concludes
Genealogy helps satisfy a deep need to understand how we fit into the broader world around us. From this perspective, genealogy is more than just a collection of single family threads that go through time. Genealogy truly is a journey of many lifetimes woven together from the past, the present and (from our perspective) the future.This is catering to a very personal desire, even yearning, to find one's own place.
Today we're often only known by our username and password, or account number and pin, and forced through security screening and customs at airports ... like biological units, not humans.
Remember "In The Beginning" by The Moody Blues
First Man: I think, I think I am, therefore I am, I think.
Establishment: Of course you are my bright little star, I've miles And miles Of files Pretty files of your forefather's fruit and now to suit our great computer, You're magnetic ink.
First Man: I'm more than that, I know I am, at least, I think I must be.
Inner Man: There you go man, keep as cool as you can.
It riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave
And keep on thinking free.Note: I compiled this post a year ago and then forgot about it. Sometimes I snip material I find as a reference for a post. I may have done so for part of this article without knowing where it came from.