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JAMES HILLMAN

From an interview with James Hillman, a psychologist and cultural critic, on the current American cultural climate:

Pythia Peay [interviewer]: The death of the old always implies that something new is coming.

James Hillman [in an exasperated tone]: This looking for the “new” is an American vice! We always want to see what’s coming next—we’re addicted to the future! Futurism is another American myth: whether Kennedy, Johnson, Reagan, or Obama, American presidents all come into office with a new program and the conviction that the country is going to be better than ever. But I think you have to hasten the decay. The classic view is always to look back, and to watch and help the dying.

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