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

By Stephen Bertman

According to Bertman, simply as a person wishes stories to keep up a feeling of private id, so does a country desire them on the way to live on. Like Alzheimer sufferers, even though, modern-day american citizens are quickly wasting a recognition of heritage, and with it, a feeling of nationwide identification and direction.

Sixty percentage of grownup american citizens do not know the identify of the president who ordered the losing 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 children can identify the 3 Stooges than the 3 branches of the federal government.

Applying the metaphor of Alzheimer's affliction to our nationwide mind set, Bertman deals a chilling analysis for our country's destiny except radical steps for restoration are taken. He deals mental insights into the character of reminiscence with views at the that means and way forward for democracy. With compelling proof, the e-book demonstrates that cultural amnesia, like Alzheimer's affliction, is an insidiously innovative and debilitating ailment that's consuming away at America's soul. instead of superficially blaming reminiscence loss on a failed academic procedure, Bertman appears to be like past the study room to the bigger social forces that conspire to alienate american citizens from their earlier: 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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