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The Axiological Memory

Nicolae Râmbu

This book represents an attempt to explain the manner in which values are attached to memory. The author examines that when the fundamental values of a civilisation are attached to the individual’s memory, they can never be forgotten or erased, irrespective of how violent or subtle the means used for this purpose might be. The essay investigates why some people who have been educated in a foreign culture and who are, well-integrated, suddenly return to the fundamental values of their culture of origin and, in some cases, they violently turn against their foster civilization.

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3 The memory and the value of the self

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3 The memory and the value of the self

The thesis that we are supporting in this essay is the following: man’s entire axiological memory is built around the value of one’s own self. This value is not only the first, from a chronological standpoint, to be identified by the individual, but it also represents a standard for memorising other values offered by the civilisation where he gradually builds his own personality.

1 Adler’s concept of inferiority

The memory of human beings is not a simple organ or instrument, but a rewarding faculty. This is the essence of Alfred Adler’s conception of memory, supported particularly in the chapter entitled The First Childhood Memories in his work, The Meaning of Life. Even when the object to be memorised is not represented by values in the strict sense of the term, memory selects its contents depending on a particular memory. This is the value of the self, which, in Alfred Adler’s individual psychology, occupies a central place. The value of the self is the first value to be permanently instilled in the memory of human beings. The new-born begins to become a genuine human individual when, at first, instinctively, and then more and more consciously, realises the value of his own self. Any other value incompatible with the value of the self shall be rejected. People shall assimilate, throughout their entire life, only those values or things that bear values that increase the value of their...

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