Tuesday, July 29, 2008

terror of the unforeseen

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.

- Philip Roth, The Plot Against America, 2004

1 comments:

kayni said...

this is one reason why i was drawn to history. in history books we learn how a simple misunderstanding or a certain ideology can cause and escalate a war. in history books, we read about tremendously scary events such as bombings, massacres, and lynchings. why do we document them? it's because they are part of who we have become and perhaps learn from these experiences. do we ever learn?

 
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