The Failure of the American Republic

Humans are very poor learners. For whatever reason, humans tend to forget recent history, as a way to avoid painful facts. It might be adaptive to the species, and a way for humans to avoid pain to the self. This is why we are not very good with things like climate change, or for that matter absorbing the lessons of history. Why we have a denial cottage industry that has taken on a life of its own. What all this proves is that we are very good at creating stories that we prefer. Stories that tell is how great we are. Stories that speak of the future with far more hope than we should have…