Sunday, November 04, 2007

Unmoored

It is true that living only in the present leads to slavery.

“Popular culture” is more accurately a “present-tense culture”: You’re celebrating the millennium but you can barely conceive of anything before the mid-1960s. We’re at school longer than any society in human history, entering kindergarten at four or five and leaving college the best part of a quarter-century later—or thirty years later in Germany. Yet in all those decades we exist in the din of the present.

1 comment:

Kim Luisi said...

Thank you for reminding me why I need to read Bloom's "Closing of the American Mind." Again.