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We do not want to learn too much about ourselves, too quickly

“The fact is that the present state of domestic disorder in the United States is not the product of some destructive quality mysteriously ingrained in the substance of American life. Is is a product of a long sequence of particular events whose interconnections our received categories of self-understanding are not only inadequate to reveal but are designed to conceal. We do not know very well what kind of society we live in, what kind of people we are. We are just now beginning to find out, the hard way…”

–Clifford Geertz, “Is America by Nature a Violent Society?”, New York Times Magazine, 28 April 1968

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