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TOTD 28 Dec 2001

People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.

-Milan Kundera

Inexorably, our interest in the past is at least partly strategic, that is, we want to create an account of the past consistent with a certain (preconceived) cognitive or moral scheme.

-Thomas Szasz, The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience

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blorky
Dec. 28th, 2001 02:32 pm (UTC)
Many thanks for your ongoing lj entries.

The second quote is coincident with a bunch of thinking that I've been doing recently about my own behavior and thinking. http://www.livejournal.com/talkread.bml?itemid=17852837

Additionally, some recent discussion with members of my family brought up the idea that people wish to change the past so as to create themselves (or a perception of themselves) in the present. The Szasz quote clarifies in a sentence what I took paragraphs to get to.
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