Sunday 23 April 2017

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

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.

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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