Saturday, December 29, 2018

Only for the dull …

 Old favorites, outdated attitudes: Can entertainment expire?

To judge all previous thought in terms of contemporary viewpoints is astoundingly presumptuous. Bear in mind that it could well happen to those contemporary viewpoints, when seen as no longer contemporary. The point of studying history is to find out how things were, not opine on how they ought to have been. How can we be certain that today's fashionable views are necessarily correct? As Oliver Cromwell put it, "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”

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