". . . awareness of the present and future aren't the most important predictors of a satisfying, meaningful life. Instead, extensive studies show that our most important orientation toward time is a positive appreciation of the past. The more we savor memories of relationships and let go of grudges ... the more we connect to our roots and let go of our forebears' failings ... the more we treasure their legacy and let go of the myth that we are self-made: the stronger our sense of a positive past, the better grounded and centered we will be. In fact, the more crazy and stressful our circumstances, the more the past helps us navigate our way. ~ Dr. Christine ChakoianThis is so blatantly obvious and simple that I think many tend to overlook and forget it. While it is simple and obvious, it is still quite profound. Doesn't this explain a lot of what professional and academic historians are writing these days? Doesn't this explain why so many vocal "activist historians" are anything but "centered"? There seems to be a rather conformist, consistent, canned and constant "beating up" of our past in America by many professional historians. National Review editor, Andrew McCarty hit the nail on the head when addressing this obsession academia has with its holding a grudge against America's past:
What most frustrates Americans is that we are a happy, optimistic, can-do people ceaselessly harangued by media solons, delusional academics, post-sovereign Eurocrats, and the Democrats who love them. While we free and feed the world, they can’t tell us enough that we’re racist, imperialist, torturing louts. We know it’s a libel, an endless stream of slander. But we also know it’s an absurd libel. We’re tired of hearing it, but taking it too seriously would give it power it doesn’t deserve. ~ Andrew McCarthy (Emphasis mine.)Progressive historians hold grudges. Just peruse some of the more popular "memory" blogs and writers who focus on American history. The vast majority of their writings, posts, comments are about America's faults and national sins: in their world racism, sexism, imperialism, etc. They are absolutely obsessed with it. Bitter and angry, every post is little more than a platform and another opportunity to launch into negative comments and complaints about America's evil founding and history and to attack traditionalists who revere and respect our history, as imperfect as it is.
And historians' obsession with "holding a grudge" against America's past is unhealthy - both figuratively and literally. I think they might need some anger-management sessions.