“But we need to forget. And we are enabled to do so. If it were otherwise, we should be in a terrible plight. We should never be able to bear the sight of our whole being in time.”
Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics III/2 540
“Everyone’s allowed a past they don’t care to mention”
Bill Callahan, “America!”
If you figure that you can see the trajectory of a people based on who they revere—or mourn or tell stories about—then Steve Jobs and Christopher Hitchens make me way more depressed than Fox News.