Quotation by Johan Huizinga

He who wishes to maintain that the past of mankind no longer has any absolute value in life ... must also be ready to deny his own life until the present moment, indeed in advance until the last moment, as worthless. He who realizes that culture is the giving of form will also see that the highest forms that it is given to the human spirit to recognize have always been, psychologically considered, such evasions from the present. Considerations such as these do not at all square with the direction of America's mind.
Johan Huizinga (1872–1945), Dutch historian. Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972).

An observation made on a visit to America in the 20s.
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