Cultural Amnesia: America's Future and the Crisis of Memory by Stephen Bertman

By Stephen Bertman

According to Bertman, simply as somebody wishes thoughts to take care of a feeling of private id, so does a kingdom want them in an effort to live on. Like Alzheimer sufferers, besides the fact that, cutting-edge american citizens are quickly wasting a awareness of background, and with it, a feeling of nationwide identification and direction.

Sixty percentage of grownup americans do not know the identify of the president who ordered the shedding of the 1st atomic bomb, forty two% of faculty seniors cannot position the Civil battle within the correct half-century, and 24% imagine Columbus stumbled on the USA within the 1500s. in the meantime, extra American young ones can identify the 3 Stooges than the 3 branches of the federal government.

Applying the metaphor of Alzheimer's disorder to our nationwide mind set, Bertman bargains a chilling diagnosis for our country's destiny until radical steps for restoration are taken. He bargains mental insights into the character of reminiscence with views at the that means and way forward for democracy. With compelling proof, the publication demonstrates that cultural amnesia, like Alzheimer's disorder, is an insidiously innovative and debilitating disorder that's consuming away at America's soul. instead of superficially blaming reminiscence loss on a failed academic approach, Bertman appears to be like past the school room to the bigger social forces that conspire to alienate american citizens from their previous: a materialistic creed that celebrates transience and disposability, and an digital religion that worships the current to the exclusion of all different dimensions of time.

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