For many observers, the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat were a referendum on Miami star LeBron James’ character. Every aspect of his performance was dissected by the 24/7 news cycle of online journalism and social media.
But within this news cycle, the loss of perspective highlights a problem bigger than sports: Our culture is obsessed with the immediate and forgetful of the past. As the philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.”
When presidential candidates win a primary, they typically receive a significant boost in their poll-numbers. But in recent elections, the duration of that spike has shortened significantly.
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