Tag Archives: history

What People Tend to Accept Easily

“What’s popular and what people accept easily tend to be the most uninteresting and watered-down ideas. History is full of popular ideas — from child labor to segregation to the corset — that I wouldn’t want to embrace at all.”

– Susan Faludi

So what modern-day popular ideas do you think will some day end up on the scrap heap of history? I’d be willing to be on reality television. Twitter, maybe?

As always, this quote is not a recommendation of the author’s general work, about which I know next-to-nothing.

The Old Man Is Always Wrong

“I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”

– G.K. Chesterton