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David Lowenthal

Quote for Thursday

In honor of David Sehat’s sign-off, I’m going to offer something in the tradition of his “Quotes for Tuesday.” “Unwilling or unable to incorporate the legacy of the past into our own creative acts, [today] we concentrate instead on saving its remaining vestiges. The less integral the role of the past in our lives, the more imperative the urge to preserve its relics. Because we seldom understand what those relics meant, what part they played, what aspirations they reflected, what values they embodied in the active life of the past, we do little more than simply save them. They no Read more