James Stock, on human memory

Cover of First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility

Cover of First Cause

“People have remarkably short memories when it’s in their interest–or a matter of convenience–to do so. Look at some of today’s political alliances: how many are between nations that were mortal enemies less than a century ago? Ironically, that could be construed as one of our better attributes, you know…that America and Japan, or France and Germany, or whomever else can overcome past grievances to work together economically or politically. But the shame of it…is that as often as not these collaborations only seem to fuel conflict or oppression in some other area. They’re almost always politically motivated or profit-oriented, hardly ever altruistic…”

James Stock, 5/24/2008, First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility

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Paul West offers thoughtful analysis of on-field and off-field sports topics via PDub's sports Hub, and for years was a core staff writer for Through The Fence Baseball. A recurrent guest on Fox Sports Radio New Mexico, Paul is available for radio and other media appearances. To follow Paul on @firstcausenyc on Twitter, visit http://twitter.com/firstcausenyc View all posts by Paul West

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