"People still think of themselves as members of nation states, not as citizens of the world. The identify themselves, which is to say they define their hopes and loyalties, as Americans or Russians or Egyptians. This puts us all in a most perilous position, because when we feel the inevitable pressure of our new transnational realities, our sympathies remain to parochial to do anything but resent that pressure. So we accuse our leaders of ‘lacking leadership’ when the truth is that no nation alone can lead the way it used to."
-john c raines, from “the nation state and social order: in the perspective of christianity”, from trialogue of the abrahamic faiths
"Conventional wisdom holds that memory is like a serial recording device like a computer diskette. In reality, memory is more dynamic—not static—like paper on which new texts (or new versions of the same text) will be continuously recorded, thanks to the power of posterior information…
Memory is more of a self-serving dynamic revision machine: you remember the last time you remembered an event and, without realizing it, change the story at every subsequent remembrance.
So we pull memories along causative lines, revising them involuntarily and unconsciously. We continually renarrate past events in light of what appears to make what we think of as logical sense after these events occur. “