History and freedom

The Washington Times interviewed historian David McCullough in connection with his Jefferson Lecture last night. McCullough’s remarks are interesting and I could not agree more with the article’s concluding quotation:
“[S]o many of the blessings and advantages we have, so many of the reasons why our civilization, our culture, has flourished aren’t understood; they’re not appreciated. And if you don’t have any appreciation of what people went through to get, to achieve, to build what you are benefiting from, then these things don’t mean very much to you. You just think, well, that’s the way it is. That’s our birthright. That just happened.
“[But] it didn’t just happen. And at what price? What grief? What disappointment? What suffering went on? I mean this. I think that to be ignorant or indifferent to history isn’t just to be uneducated or stupid. It’s to be rude, ungrateful. And ingratitude is an ugly failing in human beings.”
The article is “McCullough calls national amnesia threat to liberty.”

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