Friday, December 16, 2011

The eternal "Now" of the United States

A paraphrase from someone who's name I can't remember at the moment: "One of the biggest problems of the United States is that we have no historical consciousness." Instead of seeing ourselves as living in historical time, with the past absorbed into and sublimated under us, we tend to see ourselves as living within a present that is a simple extension of the founding of the country. The relativity and perspective that comes from seeing ones self as building on a past that's separate from the present is not there.

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