“Chair’d in the adamant of Time”*
I feel so sorry for anyone who misses the experience of history, the horizons of history. We think little of those who, given the chance to travel, go nowhere. We deprecate provincialism. But it is possible to be as provincial in time as it is in space. Because you were born into this particular era doesn’t mean it has to be the limit of your experience. Move about in time, go places. Why restrict your circle of acquaintances to only those who occupy the same stage we call the present?”
–David McCullough, “Recommended Itinerary” in Brave Companions
As we approach Independence Day on July 4, why not read some history?
*Walt Whitman, “America”; the painting is by Childe Hassam.