Wednesday, February 26, 2014

the danger of the past

R.W Emerson saw the danger of relying on the past to judge the future, writing in "Self-Reliance" "the other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loath to disappoint them."

We should no longer be a slave to our pasts.  We have learned, and we have grown; the past can no longer be of any help.  In fact, all that past-worship and tradition-slavery can do is to stop us from going forward.  

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