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Had he said anything but what he said, had I been given the chance to change my mind, had he told me how much I was needed, had he tried to convince me that there was some attestable humanity in all of this, I would have stayed.
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
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