“It is in the present that we live, and it is our present condition, the very isolation and detachment of our self-consciousness, that has for the first time rendered possible that contemplation of the past, and its re-enactment in imagination, that is called ‘history.’” - Barfield, O., 1979. Modern Idolatry: The Sin of Literalness. In History, Guilt, and Habit. Wesleyan University Press, pp. 33–64.