It shows moral arrogance to pass a breathtakingly severe judgment on your forebears and fail to imagine that your descendants won't do the same to you.
Jason Peters is Professor of English at Augustana College (IL). He is the editor of Wendell Berry: Life and Work (Kentucky), Land! The Case for an Agrarian Economy, by John Crowe Ransom (Notre Dame), and co-editor of Localism in the Mass Age (FPR Books). His most recent book is The Culinary Plagiarist: (Mis)Adventures of a Lusty, Thieving, God-Fearing Gourmand (FPR Books). He is also the editor of the journal Local Culture.