Remembering Those Who Came Before

Time, we think, lends perspective to the way in which we consider historical events. The passing of years helps us to understand what it was that happened long ago — as we could not when we were caught up in all its immediacy. Much as an artist is able to do when he[an error occurred while processing this directive] distances himself from the familiar, so time enables us to look back at what once confused us, until all becomes clear.

Well, maybe. There are episodes whose meaning, no matter how many times you turn them over, just won't be pinned down. Whatever...

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