Family History as Political Therapy

Monday, 1 July 1996

The Witness, July-August, 1996, 2 pp.

Most of us in the U.S. suffer from a profound alienation from history. In our imperial culture, inconvenient historical narratives have tended to be silenced while legitmating narratives have been mystified. We live with a peculiarly unaccountable, if not amnesiac, relationship toward the past.

Whether we recognize that are not, however, our past remains embedded in our present, and umbilical chord between the children of today and the parents of long ago. What Freud said about the self (“That which is unconscious is bound to be repeated”) Santayana affirmed in terms of society: “Those who did not remember history are doomed to repeat it.”

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by Ched Myers

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