(un)common ground

a commonplace book

History and Reality

Time capsules are about futurity, about our sincere belief that we author our own present by providing the future with the means to author its past.

Erik Rangno, “The Paradox of Time Capsules,” Object Lessons (The Atlantic), August 17, 2015


Really love the poetry of this sentence.

It strikes me that this is an awfully negative view of history as practice. Negative or not, it begs the question–what history is most real? The authoritative or the objective–and is one or the other a sort of fallacy?


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