There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks.
They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed
there are those, frustrated by a’difficult future,’ who grab out for the security of the non-existent past. Frustrated by change they condemn the wisdom, the motives, and even the patriotism of those who seek to contend with the realities of the future
Robert.F Kennedy could have been talking about people in the early 21st century in Europe, when he spoke these words. A some of people don’t care how good we have things today, it’s not good enough, and they want to throw it all away on the assumption of the possibility of negligible improvement in very limited areas.
And as he says above these people condemn our wisdom, motives and patriotism because we aren’t willing to accept their point of view to be reasonable, realistic or even possible without careful deliberation and fact checking.
Robert.F Kennedy, speech at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 08/06/1964.