Help me find a quote about the historical imagination?
July 13, 2011 1:38 PM Subscribe
Help me find a quote about how people are reluctant to notice the effects of historical and/or social forces on their lives.
posted by toomuchkatherine to society & culture (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for a quote for an epigram for something I'm writing. I thought I remembered the sociologist C. Wright Mills having a great one, to the effect that most people are extremely loath to notice the extent to which historical and social forces shape their lives and day-to-day realities. But after searching through all the usual online quote database places, I can't find it.
Unfortunately, I don't have time to re-read the Mills book I think it might have come from. But there's on reason my epigram quote has to be by him especially. Does anybody know a pithy quote that conveys the same idea?