on invisible persons

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"Let me ask you a question back," I told him.

"Has it ever occurred to you to wonder if the history we teach our children is a lie?
After a moment of stunned silence, he said, "Good Lord, Jason. I hope you're joking."
"Why?"
"Surely that's manifest."
"It isn't to me."
"You've been there, Jason. We were there together. It's all lies and bullshit till graduate school. Why else have graduate school?"
"That's very cynical."
"Is it?"
"Suppose I were to tell you that the lies don't stop in graduate school?"
After Dachau
Daniel Quinn
2001 (p. 182)

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