Monday, May 15, 2023

Quote of the Day (P. J. O'Rourke, on How America Remembers and Teaches History)

“We cannot, as a nation, know where we're going unless we know where we've been, even if I'm not exactly sure what I mean by that statement. Should we barrel down the highway to the future with our eyes glued to the rearview mirror? Should we keep in mind that if we forget history, we’ll end up repeating it, per that famous quote of Santayana? Yet consider the way history is taught these days: A survey of history students probably would show that they admire Santayana's genius but hope his next CD won't be just a remake of Supernatural with different vocalists.”— American humorist P. J. O'Rourke (1947-2022), “I Sing of Fizzy Fluid Retention,” The Atlantic, November 2007

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