Fantasies and Illusions

I enjoy reading history and a favorite historian of mine is the late Daniel J. Boorstin.   I am currently reading The Daniel J. Boorstin Reader, a compilation of excerpts from Boorstin’s books and articles (Modern Library Edition, 1995).  A portion of his commentary, entitled “Extravagant Expectations” from Boorstin’s 1962 book The Image, jumped out at me this evening, as follows:

To discover our illusions will not solve the problems of our world.  But if we do not discover them, we will never discover our real problems.  To dispel the ghosts which populate the world of our making will not give us the power to conquer the real enemies of the real world or to remake the real world.   But it may help us discover that we cannot make the world in our image.  It will liberate us and sharpen our vision.  It will clear away the fog so we can face the world we share with all mankind.

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