27 May 2024

The Other McCain on Memorial Day

Animals live in the perpetual Now. Humans have the capability to look forward and back. It seems that we don't like doing that in the 21st Century. Why Memory Matters

The Other McCain starts with a quote.

“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”
    — Edmund Burke

Some probably think I see that as an attack on millennials or zoomers, but the truth is that the Baby Boomers are the generation that sacrificed the prosperity of future generations for their current comfort. Which goes a long way to explain why the younger generations are so pissed off.

As Americans, we are the heirs of a tradition, profoundly indebted to earlier generations, and owing them a certain duty of gratitude. We must recall that “We the People” ordained the Constitution in order to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” If we are grateful for that inheritance — as we should be — then we ought to act in such a manner as to show ourselves worthy of our liberty, considering what tremendous sacrifices were required to obtain and keep it.

Today we discount the achievements of the past, and don't think twice about sacrificing the future to ensure that our stock portfolios stay healthy.

What could be more narcissistic than the impudence of the soft-handed intelligentsia who think themselves superior to that heroic generation of Patriots who fought for American independence?

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