Recognizing the truth won't hurt us

A nation, no less than individuals, can be strengthened by confronting both our triumphs and our embarrassments

Will it weaken us to remember The Alamo — that is, the reality of what was at stake in 1836?

You would think that humans, as the creatures at the very top of the phylogenetic scale in the known world, would be quite good at recognizing what’s true, and would welcome knowing it. Delusion can be dangerous, after all — do not ignore chest pains or bald tire…

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