2 Minutes To Midnight

Dr. John Henrik Clarke said it best. “History is the clock by which a people tell their collective time of day.” What most miss is that that clock would be and is useless if it can only tell you what time it WAS. Clarke’s invocation and operationalization of history was and is connected inextricably and irrevocably to the PRESENT and the FUTURE, not to the past itself. If our history is to be more than vain repetitive recitations and bombastic fealty to the ancient past, it must tell us what time it is NOW and we must make plans for going forward with reference to its time. And as I read it, it’s two minutes to midnight. The Cinderella narrative we rode in on 50 years ago is beginning to show some seriously “pumpkinesque” elements.

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