The misguided meme being foisted on 21st century humans is that the past can be eliminated.
Its stink hangs on.
Take Brett Kavanaugh. What he did or didn't do in high school, college, and law school will never be in the past. Not the past of the history of U.S. Supreme Court nominations and not in his own past. The only way he can exit that is be placed in some version of the Witness Protection Program.
Also, there will never be a past to Sherwin-Williams' manufacture and marketing of lead paint.
In "Santa Clara v. Arco," the plaintiff presented as evidence an internal memo from 1900. In it, the company discussed the hazards of lead. Sherwin-Williams was convicted in that bench trial of creating a public nuisance in that location in California through lead paint.
So far, it hasn't been able to shake that conviction, despite the efforts of its law firm Jones Day. The CA appeals court upheld it. The CA Supreme Court refused to review it. And, currently, the U.S. Supreme Court put on a back burner even a date on which to schedule if it will review it. That doesn't sound promising.
If Sherwin-Williams were a member of a 12-step recovery program, it would make a list of those to whom it owes an amend. Not long after that memo it promoted lead paint in its advertising. Here The Wall Street Journal connected the dots.
Then, there's fictional detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order SVU." Her past, present, and future all have been determined by a rape her mother endured. That resulted in Benson's conception - and birth.
Along the way Benson's mother also developed a severe form of alcoholism. For this Dick Wolf creation, it's Benson's woundedness which gives the show such emotional power. The series is still live, when the original "Law & Order" and the other spin-offs have been a wrap.
It's a bum steer for psychologists, spiritual leaders, public relations representatives, and lawyers to preach the gospel of No Past/Move On. An ambitious plaintiff law firm could conjure up a class action public nuisance lawsuit for such harmful magical thinking.
Not that the past is necessarily prologue. But, it's there.
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