Curious Cats/Freedom Means The Opportunity To Be What We Never Thought We Would Be
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Pet of the Week, 7/2/2022, below:
Aren’t you the curious cat?!
Quote of the Week, 7/2/2022, below:
Daniel J. Boorstin once said, “Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” Isn’t that the premise behind the experiment of United States of America?!
To learn more about Daniel J. Boorstin, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Daniel Joseph Boorstin (October 1, 1914 – February 28, 2004) was an American historian at the University of Chicago who wrote on many topics in American and world history. He was appointed the twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress in 1975 and served until 1987. He was instrumental in the creation of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.
Repudiating his youthful membership in the Communist Party, Boorstin became a political conservative and a prominent exponent of consensus history. He argued in The Genius of American Politics (1953) that ideology, propaganda, and political theory are foreign to America. His writings were often seen, along with those of historians such as Richard Hofstadter, Louis Hartz and Clinton Rossiter, as belonging to the “consensus school”, which emphasized the unity of the American people and downplayed class and social conflict. Boorstin especially praised inventors and entrepreneurs as central to the American success story.
Boorstin’s approach to history
Professor Levy delivered a lecture about Boorstin in April 2014 at an Oklahoma University event, the President’s Day of Learning. He had several observations about Boorstin’s approach to American history that seem to explain why many contemporary historians opposed his appointment to head the Library of Congress. According to Levy:
- Boorstin believed that the main points of American history were made by what the people agreed upon, rather than what they fought over.
- He emphasized continuities in history, rather than radical changes.
- He distrusted doctrinaire thinking; his writings minimized the role of pure thinkers and emphasized the role of problem solvers.
- He was conservative in politics and his approach to culture, and was revolted by what he saw as vulgarities in American life and advertising.
- He observed the transformative power of seemingly mundane cultural advances as air conditioning, telephones, catalog shopping, canned food and typewriters.
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