To whom does one owe a greater debt of allegiance: ancestors or descendants? Put another way, does piety for the past or faith in the future warrant the larger investment of our intellectual resources?
I think of this every time I see Confederate flags displayed in windows and on cars. And then I shudder and wish for the evolution of the species.
I wrote this several weeks, or perhaps several months, ago. I don’t think I ever posted it because I was dissatisfied and unable to finish it. But here it is again, so I’m posting it “as is,” and hoping it’s not a repeat or a draft that found its way into another post and didn’t get deleted in the “drafts” folder as it should.