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The National Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice aims to remind us of what does not have to happen again.
Sometimes it is difficult to value what we give for granted. In general, we tend to focus on what we don't have, what we missing, in which it fails. As a country, we still lack a lot of things. And so many others don't work as we'd like. But we have something we didn't always have and that not all countries have: democracy. 36 uninterrupted years of democracy. Of an imperfect democracy, but ours. And that's a lot.
Those of us who are lucky to not have lived in times of dictatorships may find it harder to give us an idea of what it means to not have guaranteed fully our rights. Not being able to say what you want, express a thought, an art. But that's not why we can afford not to perceive the real value of freedom. And those who did live in times of repression, it is essential not to forget it. It happened a long time ago, but it is important to remember: memory is important.
The National Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice is all about it: not to forget. To value, to resignify. To remember that, really, this doesn't have to happen anymore. That truth and justice come precisely from memory. To remember where we came from and everything we went through to get here. As a country, as a society, as a people.
We can think differently, we can't agree, but having the opportunity to say it is a possibility that others did not even have. Or yes, but they paid a very expensive price. Let's not forget what happened to us. Let's not forget what never has to happen again.
Publication Date: 24/03/2020
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