For us mere mortals the past is a complicated place. We acknowledge that it is littered with bad times and more than a few atrocities yet when we look back we do so with a sort of glowing fondness for days gone by. Nostalgia is so powerful that it has become the basis for political campaigns on both sides of the ideological spectrum. What gets conveniently ignored is that the past no longer exists anywhere beyond our minds and history books. We must live with it’s consequences but cannot remedy them by returning to their source.