In the Middle East, believing that history moves with purpose created major blindspots.
It seems this is turning into my “progress” series, a succession of snippets on how I’m thinking about time, history, and linear progress—and its implications for both democracy at home and promoting it abroad (you can read the first three here, here, and here).
Obviously, I’m originally “from” somewhere else. It’s not quite enough to say that I”m Pennsylvanian, and let’s be honest no on really cares that I’m from Pennsylvania to begin with. So, when it comes to the Middle East, some of it is personal. To say that living in the Middle East has darkened my view of human nature would be putting it mildly.
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