History books recount the succession of rulers, of political states, too often forgetting the people that lived through these periods. And forgetting about how these people lived. Although there is a vivid interest in the ways of life in different places or times, there is not enough first-hand written accounts of how people lived. History should also be about them, about us.
As much life is strong, as much it is short. The lives of our grand-parents, our parents, even our lives promise to be forgotten if not told. The time our parents lived in seems not too far still, yet in a generation or two, it will already fade in the haze of the past. And no one will be there to keep it’s memory alive.
People lived events that should be remembered. Either because they are extraordinary, because they witness the astonishing desire to survive, or because they denounce injustice, intolerance, ignorance. Some memories should be shared at least because they are funny, or sad, or can guide someone to making better decisions. Most of us don’t know what it is to have to flee a country at war, or be part of a minority. Some of us don’t know how it was living without internet, without computers. But we can’t, all of us, publish a book with our experiences, as it is a lengthy and laborious process. Yet, we should all be allowed to share our past.
Lifopedia.world offers to anyone to recount their stories, a part of their life that is worthy of remembering. A story which the reader can relate to, which expresses how it is to be human, at a given time, in a given place. For this is how internet is beautiful, when it is meaningful, when it is sharing, when it doesn’t try to sell something, when it gives everyone a voice. That is real democracy, that is the internet revolution.
Disclaimer (about Truth)
We, the curators, cannot fact-check every detail of each submission. A question therefore arises: How can we claim to pursue a historicity endeavour then? We answer that subjectivity is a form of truth in itself. We don't portray the events as they happened exactly, but rather how they were seen and lived through the perspective of it's witness.
Therefore, the views of the life stories published by Lifopedia.World represent a variety of opinions, which may or may not be in line with the ones of the curators. The published stories are selected based on relevance and qualities, not on the values they convey.
For example, a story may be critical of a race, ethnic group, political organization, etc., and that is acceptable as long as it expresses the point of view of different people. What we will not tolerate however, is hate speech and diffamation.
Furthermore, we are open to discussion, and may even change our minds. If you feel outraged by one of the story published here, feel free to open a discussion with us and send an email, or post a comment on the story itself. These types of discussions are a sign of healthy freedom of speech.