Mark Twain Controversy
Editors Note: There is a very good reason not to revise history. As George Santayana wrote in The Life of Reason (1905-1906) in Vol. I, Reason in Common Sense:
"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
It might be said that in order to retain or build upon reason we must not deny the history and context of any such lack that resulted from our youth, or our ignorance. In this, may we sow the seeds of a future of greater civility.