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The importance of History to identity

March 21, 2011

Two questions Beckett’s Genesis seems to provoke is:

What history do we base our self-narratives on? (religion vs science… NZ history…)

Who are we according to history?

On the importance of history to identity: “History offers two crucial channels to understanding ourselves better.  The first is the opportunity to learn from the past.  The second is psychological grounding.  We learn where we came from, how we got here and what has given our society its unique character.  History gives us context, richness and depth, continuity and perspective.”[1]


[1] Writers in Residence pvii  (more crappy awful referencing cos its the idea that matters)

Bernard Beckett

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