In your opinion, is this part of the mission creep of revising/cancelling history? Be it any category of older books, fiction or non? My worries about this have me holding on to all my old books, which by preference are mostly nonfiction. If I give them away by donation or the like, how do I know they won’t be destroyed or tossed? I have no one to leave them to. I guess in the end they will be tossed out anyway. But what a shame one has to worry about such notions. If you’ve any advice I would love to hear it.

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I think it has more to do with a linear vs cyclical view of history. In the linear view, we're constantly progressing and improving upon previous ideas and therefore, consulting the old ideas is unnecessary. In the cyclical view, history repeats itself and there is nothing new under the sun. In that view, we may actually have learned but forgotten important lessons. Therefore, it's important to revisit the past.

I lean towards the cyclical view and though we may be progressing in certain areas, we're likely digressing in others. Therefore, consulting the past (especially through the Great Books) is of utmost importance.

I'd hold on to your old books. Anything screen-based can be manipulated.

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