With the Past

Being a student of history, I can't just entirely forget the past, but the quote below from contraversial activist Henry Ward Beecher issues a provacative challenge. When the past obscures our ability to do right in the future, we should as Edward Payson Powell said "let the dead past bury its own dead":

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.

Happy New Year!