PERHAPS THE FIRST OF THE NEW IMPERATIVES of our time is to forget obsolete beliefs. To make room for the new, we must do away with the old. Of course, forgetting is not an easy task; in some ways it is even more difficult than learning. But if what we have in our mind conflicts with what we should get into it, selective forgetting becomes necessary. This is the case in regard to a number of present-day values and beliefs.
We begin with five “malign myths” that we should promptly forget. Though obsolete and now even dangerous, they still command attention and determine behavior.
The belief that, for all practical intents and purposes, the ...