Saturday 21 January 2017

Letters: Without a vision for the future we remain locked in the past

Published 24/06/2014 | 02:30

W B Yeats'
W B Yeats'

Ireland's history is a burden that cannot be shed, it weighs heavily on every generation. For far too long it has been seen as a never-ending fight for our freedom from British rule – a struggle that was governed by the heart more often than by the head, sometimes justifying actions of unspeakable depravity.

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Sigmund Freud reminds us of the blood and cruelty that lie at the bottom of all we uncritically see as good.

In Ireland, we have generated a myth of origin that has all the marks of religious belief, emphasising the ritual significance of laying down one's life for one's country and the glorification of war, inhibiting a more critical grasp of our past.

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