Arsene Wenger delivers his Sermon on the Mount

Keep the faith: why Wenger must stay

At the start of the season there was such a bubbling optimism among the Arsenal supporters that to see us where we are now, with even keeled people calling for the manager to step down, is a bit hard to fathom. Of course, there will be folks who now say “I knew this would happen” and “I told you so” but among the majority of the fans, the people whose emotions actually swing from good to bad and don’t stay pegged at either end of the spectrum, among those people there was a very nice, rolling boil of optimism.

In many ways the start of every footballing season is the dawning of a new religion. Every season is it’s own mythology pieced together from the season prior, our experience of football throughout our lives, the realities of the world around us, the pre-season friendlies, and the players bought and sold. Collectively they define our rights and wrongs, our gods and demi-gods, devils and heroes.

The Arsenal faithful started this season with the irrational belief that the team was deep. Some folks wanted a few new signings in midfield, but by and large, there was a palpable sense that this team was deep and the words “selection nightmare” and “that’s a good nightmare to have!” were glibly spoken as we drank Guinness and danced nude to the god Patricisis around the pre-season fire.

But just 10 games into the season and already Santos is touted as the worst Arsenal defender since Pascal Cygan, Koscielny has reverted to form of two years ago, Vermaelen looks like he deserves to be dropped, Szczesny and Fabianski are both out injured, there are only three healthy first-choice midfielders, and the strike team that looked so promising has struggled to gel.

In retrospect, it was irrational to believe that Arsenal could hit the ground running offensively after losing Robin van Persie and Song (who created or scored 59 goals between them) and benching contract rebel Theo Walcott (who created or scored an additional 18 goals). Had Cazorla, Giroud, and Podolski been able to replicate the form of those three in their very first few games at Arsenal, they would have been truly mythological. That they haven’t is just realistic.

Steve Bould is yet another chimera that the fans fastened their harness too. Pat Rice was savaged by some as a yes man who “just puts the cones out” and yet some of the same defensive frailties exist in this Arsenal side with Steve Bould as defensive coach as existed in the last. Arsenal still have trouble defending set pieces, as Patrice Evra showed on Saturday, and the infamous “mental strength” that the club lacked last season is still lacking this season as Arsenal have only conceded 8 goals but 5 of those have been due to individual errors.

At points like this, when the reality of sport knocks over their carefully constructed fantasy, most sports fans actually turn deeper to faith unearthing the old gods and holding them up as the standards we should bear.

The mythology that a change in formation would solve this team’s problems is the one making the rounds right now. The 4-3-3 was not the reason why Man U beat Arsenal on Saturday. Slack defending, poor ball movement, not dealing with Wayne Rooney man-marking Mikel Arteta, and a gormless performance are what beat Arsenal on Saturday. That same listlessness is why Schalke beat Arsenal and why Reading took a four goal lead before the Gunners fought back.

I guarantee if you took Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Ashley Cole, and Sol Campbell at the height of their ability and put them into the 4-3-3 Arsenal would not have lost 2-1 to that Man U side. Can you imagine Patrick Vieira allowing Wayne Rooney to man-mark him out of a game? I don’t care what formation they used, those players were dominant personalities, at least in my mythos they were.

Along with the 4-4-2 is the idea that just one or two players brought  in would solve the problems. That Arsenal are just one or two players away from challenging is what I hear all the time. But even if I were to accept the “one or two” players argument (I don’t, it’s more like four or five) I feel the need to point out… it’s November. The transfer window doesn’t open for two whole months. Or if you prefer, the transfer window doesn’t open for 14 games.

And then there’s the oddest mythology of all, that firing Ivan Gazidis (which is also phrased as firing “the board”) would somehow change the results on the pitch here and now. I suspect what people want is for the tea lady to go over to Highbury and dig up David Dein’s dessicated corpse, brush off all the £50 notes his legacy was buried with and wheel him over to the Arsenal board to magically “fix things”.

But to fix things that are happening on the pitch now you would have to go back in time to three or four years ago and work on the contract problems, the wage structure, and keeping key players by building a stronger team around the stars. I’m not throwing my support behind the board, far from it, I’m saying again what I warned three years ago when people were sanguine about Cesc leaving (he left the next year, I know), if Arsenal are to rebuild this team it will take 3-5 years — and we haven’t even started rebuilding.

Let’s not forget that it took 4 years and a billion dollars to “rebuild” Manchester City. So, even if the Deinists and Usmanovists get their way and the board is fired today, Kroenke is forced to sell tomorrow, and hundreds of millions of pounds are pumped into the team starting in January, fans should reasonably expect a three to four year term before the new team is a title challenger. Note,  please, that the same can be expected if Kroenke and the board were to suddenly wake up tomorrow and realize that their investment in the squad hasn’t been at a level commensurate with the desires of the worshippers.

The harsh reality is that Arsenal are not the title contending team we built them up to be at the start of the season right now and after Saturday many of us have lost our religion, as it were. But when the faithful are at their darkest moments they tend to double down on belief.

In the face of a team that couldn’t bother to show up in a match against Manchester United, the manager getting the tactics wrong, and the injuries decimating the first team, you have to look forward over the course of the season and back over the last five years and see that the manager has managed to beat the odds before and that there is still time to beat the odds now. What are we, nine points off the leaders? Psshhh, last season Arsenal pulled off a ten point comeback in March. March. Nine points in November is nothing. I’m not even sure I would count that as one of the miracles needed for sainthood.

No, you have to turn to faith and rebuild your belief one myth at a time. Because no matter how much we pretend it otherwise, football is not about reason. Football is about the irrational belief in the magical abilities of a guy who kicks a ball, who “drags his teammates back from the brink”, and who wears a puffy down jacket with “A.W.” embroidered on the front.

And if they don’t finish this season as title contenders and they don’t win any trophies, well there’s always next year to build an entirely new pantheon of gods and discover that they too have feet made of clay.

Qq

42 thoughts on “Keep the faith: why Wenger must stay

  1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1sean

    Why? Because you think Walcott is good enough to start every game. What is it you know that Wenger doesn’t?

  2. +10 Vote -1 Vote +1Masterba...ker

    To all those who thought we were going to challenge for the title this year – give your head a shake.

    To all those who think we’re not good enough to finish fourth this year – give your head a shake.

    We are a good team going through a bad spell. We have these every year. But no way can you convince me Tottenham, Everton, Newcastle or Liverpool are better teams than ours. So, we should finish in the Top 4 again.

    We might make the Carling Cup final, and get a chance at redemption. If we do, and we are healthy, I like our odds of ending the “trophy drought”.

    We’ll get out of our group in the Champions League, and may even get through the 2nd round match-up. But we can’t go much further. That’s OK, though.

    And FA Cup – who knows, could go the way the Carling Cup is going.

    So, it is what it is. Arsenal are not, and will not be for the foreseeable future, a team on the shortlist to win any competition. Enjoy the games.

  3. -13 Vote -1 Vote +1juniorh

    What total garbage. Arsenal will never win another trophy with Wenger as manager. Period. The man is stagnant in ideas. He is always out-coached by his opponents.

    My advice for Arsenal to hold a trophy in this decade, (no, not Wenger’s 4th place trophy but, a REAL trophy), get Pep Guardiola, before Chelsea does. If not, its curtains for Arsenal as a top club. Well, they are not now, anyway.

    Even the bottom clubs now give themselves a chance against Arsenal. Arsenal is not feared by the lower clubs as they do ManU, Man City, Chelsea.

    In Arsen We RUST!

    1. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1eddymc2

      You’d be shocked to discover that everything Guardiola has accomplished has been through a near perfect blend of La Masia and big-money signings; he might not succeed in a different environment to what he had at Barcelona. You’d also be shocked to know that if it comes down to money, which it probably will, there’s no getting to him “before Chelsea”, at least not for us.

    2. Vote -1 Vote +1Begeegs

      I’d partly agree. Wenger is always outcoached, playing players out of position and as a result, it seems that the players don’t really know what they should be doing, so the movement in a 4-3-3 is absolutely terrible.

      I really don’t get what it is that Wenger is trying to do other than shoehorn unsuitable players into this formation which hasn’t really offered a lot even in our more famous games this year (Liverpool and Man City).

      Ultimately, he is responsible for bringing in players and players leaving along with the tactics and training of those players. He needs to be held accountable. Yes, we have other failures and complaints, but to be fair, the owner isn’t going anywhere and despite the criticism, neither is the operating loss bonusman, Ivan Gadzidis.

      Wenger is responsible for everything that happens on the field and there are many coaches in the world who would take the same players that we have and make us into a better team than we are with Wenger.

  4. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    I’m not entirely convinced by your otherwise excellent post, Tim. A great read, as always, and I’m not yet in the “Wenger Out” brigade, but I must say I don’t hold the the WOBs in quite as much contempt as I used to. They make some very good points (when they’re not busy swearing and calling people cunts and insulting people’s intelligence simply for disagreeing with them), such as, “I can’t think of another manager with top four or even trophy aspirations who would rely on players like Diaby (never around) and Ramsey (and similar), etc., and use them as excuses for not bolstering the midfield. Similarly, I can’t imagine any manager etc etc relying on a young still-developing keeper, a young okayish want-away keeper, and a quite frankly average young want-away keeper as our keeper contingent for the season.” Those are good points, no?

    I’ve been trying to adjust my expectations to match reality. I know there is no way we’re going to invest enough to compete with City et al for titles or European trophies, and I also know that getting fourth (or even third) is an EXCEPTIONAL achievement all things considered. But some decisions are quite frankly baffling, and seem to be inhibiting the team from progressing (where is a good question, given this climate…). It’s not like we couldn’t afford a very capable, experienced keeper, for instance, or even a quality, experienced midfielder this summer.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Begeegs

      We have the 4th highest wage bill in the Premiership, so 4th place should be a minimum expectation, not an exceptional achievement.

      1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

        The wage bill has been brought up many times as a stick with which to beat Arsenal, but the wages are disbursed among all employees of the club, not just players. Maybe the problem is we’re paying the tea lady way too much.

        However, on a more serious note, the caliber of player being brought to the club is measured more in his market worth than on what a club chooses to pay him. If we have high wages for average players, or players who never play, that’s OUR problem because that’s what we were willing to pay–it speaks more about our strategy for buying unknown quantities and banking on them getting better by keeping them relatively happy (i.e., paying for their potential rather than their actual performances). Maybe at other clubs, wages are doled out less equitably; but we’re a charity case.

      2. Vote -1 Vote +1Tee Song

        Well, honestly, if we have the third highest total wage bill for all employees and that doesn’t translate into having the third highest wage bill for the players, then doesn’t that mean that some non players ARE being paid too much? If other clubs are reporting their wage bills similarly but are paying their players a larger proportion of total wages, isn’t that a problem? And if other clubs are reporting player wages only, is there some reasonable explanation as to why Arsenal choose to report that line item differently?

      3. Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

        (and yes, I understand how problematic it is to measure worth on market value, but hopefully you get my drift)

  5. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1Beardedidiot

    Tim, you didn’t really address the point you set out to make. You accurately point out the problems with this current team and some ways to fix it. You don’t however make a convincing argument (or any argument at all really) as to why Wenger should be the one to continue leading this team. This article should be titled: “Unreasonable Expectations – Where we stand now” because those are the points you make in the article.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Tim Post author

      Read it again. There is no argument intentionally because the internal logic of any religious argument is always irrational and based on faith.

      What I’m saying is that we are in a limbo period between reasons. There are legitimate gripes that people have with Wenger (the board, the players, etc.) and perhaps he should be fired. Conversely, there is no way in hell you can prove to me that firing Wenger now will bring about the long-term permanent change you are looking for.

      Thus, we turn to faith. The faith in Wenger to bring us something we all want or the faith in the unknown and change.

      I based this off of this Buddhist kōan by Lee Dixon:

      “I remember one occasion early after he joined and we were losing at home to Liverpool at half-time. He never used to say anything at half-time until a minute before you went back out on the pitch; he’d leave the players to have a drink and do their stuff. This time he just picked up some chalk, drew a couple of lines and arrows on the board and said we go down the left, do this, do that and then clapped his hands and said ‘come on.’ We all looked at each other and had no idea what he was talking about.
      “We went out in the second half, turned the game around and won 3-1. We were all in the dressing-room high-fiving afterwards and he came in, sat us all down, pointed at the chalk board and said ‘see…I told you,’ clapped and walked out. I looked at Tony Adams and went ‘he’s a genius.’”

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1nycgunner

    For me, here is the rub:

    “if Arsenal are to rebuild this team it will take 3-5 years — and we haven’t even started rebuilding.”

    That is exactly where I have a problem with the current management. Why haven’t we started rebuilding yet? Not due to a lack of time or money. Moreover, they haven’t done anything to convince me that they will or at least – they will do so with quality players. Like you said, we are always 4 to 5 players short. Why is this the case? It’s because we have only been buying just enough quality and quantity to finish top 4. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s going to change. It seems to me that the our board & the manager have decided it’s too expensive to try to compete for the title so they will just have to settle for CL qualification every year – which means at some level they have given up on trying to beat teams like Utd, Chelsea and City. I believe the lack of effort on the pitch is a direct result of that mode of thinking.

    I am still holding on to the belief that Wenger could still lead this team to glory but that’s desperate and irrational on my part and borne more out of the idealogy that Wenger and Arsenal have sold me – and also because I still love the manager.

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1harshil kachhawa

    Great article.
    You have rightly pointed out that any kind of transition will take time. You are spot on with the formation, the board, the manager, the 9 point gap actually everything.
    But after seeing the last 4 games (not including CC against Reading) what do you feel is the reason for such laid-back attitudes of our players??

  8. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Dick Swiveller

    I kinda agree, you can analyse whatever you want but you’ll never find a reason for most things in football BUT in the spirit of being a bit irrational (or maybe too rational), we’ve changed everything about the team in the last few years yet the team still has the same weakness in the head that prevents winning anything, there’s only one thing left to change and that’s Wenger.

    Everyone understands the issue of money (those with brains anyway, there are some still in a little bit of denial) but the players we’re putting out are good enough not to be idiots in top matches and actually create something against a defence that parts at the slightest provocation (look t Bale’s goal…) but they didn’t, and there’s only one man THAT comes down to.

    I don’t think Wenger has done anything particularly wrong (even on Saturday, no-one was complaining about Rambo on the right when we outplayed Citeh) but he can’t turn this team into winners so we should start looking for someone who can, or accept our position, I guess we’re left doing the latter for the foreseeable future though,

    1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Eurazian

      Brilliant comment.
      If we give Wenger his due as a manager who can spot talent where no one else can and turn players like RVP and Henry into superstars, then we must also call him out as a manager who takes perfectly good players and turns them into the clueless children we saw on the weekend.

      Giroud, Podolski, Arteta, Cazorla… these are players who’ve been in the game for years, are proven winners and internationals. It’s not a matter of not having good enough players. It’s the coaching and instruction they are getting.

      There’s been a lot of talk about Santos not being good enough, but I disagree. If Santos is good enough to get caps for Brazil, he should be good enough to play for us. When someone who is a professional athlete is consistently making obvious tactical errors, we need to look at the men who are giving him his instructions.

      1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Tee Song

        Watching Santos struggle against Schalke and ManUre has been irksome and he clearly lacks Gibbs’ positional sense (which is saying something because Gibbs still has some improvement to go there), his one v one defending ability, and most importantly, Gibbs’ pace. He’s clearly not as good as Gibbs and his position in the pecking order reflects that. But what flabbergasts me is knowing that, and seeing how our left flank has been targeted, why has Wenger not adjusted the formation to account for the fact that Santos is struggling to perform the duties being asked of him. It’s unfair to ask a player to do things they’re not really capable of.

        What if Wenger thought I’m going to structure the team exactly like Barca. I need someone to do the things that Messi does. I don’t have Messi so instead, I’ll have Ramsey play that role. I think we all know how that would turn out. And yet he’s asking Santos to literally be Gibbs without acknowledging that perhaps Santos needs more structural support around him in order to make up for comparative weaknesses in his game. If he modified the team structure to help him defensively, Santos might be freed to be more attacking and therefore play to his comparative strength relative to Gibbs. Santos isn’t a bad player, just a player with different strengths and weaknesses compared to the starter. However, right now he’s playing in a system which exposes his weaknesses while not allowing him to express his strengths. If Wenger changes nothing against Schalke this time around, that’s insanity.

      2. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Jop

        Because Wenger doesn’t believe in looking at how the opposition will target you and how they will set out to play against you. He plays the exact same way against every team. He considers it unimportant. When it really is important to take a look at how the other team will counter you. Failing to do so has aided these past three loses.

      3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tim Post author

        It’s a meme that Arsene doesn’t change his playing style from team to team.

        Did you watch the matches against Barcelona?

      4. Vote -1 Vote +1Tee Song

        I suppose to say Wenger doesn’t change tactics at all is hyperbolic. Absolutely, he did change the way the team played against Barca. But I think it’s fair to say that Arsene doesn’t change lineups, formation, or tactics as much as say Mancini or Ferguson. Coaches can fall broadly into “tactical” coaches who look closely at strengths and weaknesses of his team and the opposition and actively change personnel and tactics based on those observations vs “system” coaches who have a particular style of play which they feel is superior and try not to change that system excessively, instead believing that continuity and consistency of play is more important. I think it’s fair to say that in that spectrum, Wenger is strongly in the “system” camp. Both extremes can work well or poorly depending and it simply depends on the coach understanding the players at his disposal. And finally, from my view half a world away, Wenger can seem stubbornly resistant to change tactics when just a litte more flexibility may benefit the team.

  9. Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    By the way, Tim, I really like that picture. Is that you standing in the yellow hoody just behind the praying dude?

  10. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1jaymin

    Why he shouldn’t stay: a manager who has bled AFC colors from the day he signed is being lied to, exploited, and used by a bunch of greedy aristocrats who sold out their legacy to a middling, mediocre, shitty american sports owner whose franchises (except the nuggets, who are always good for a playoff run) are laughingstocks in the USA. every season he is being forced to sell assets so that these pathetic entities can avoid putting money into a football club, and instead charge their fanbase the highest prices in world football, and gouge them at every turn. then they lie about him and say he has money, but won’t spend it, giving the world the impression that he is a blowhard ideologue and to blame for the slump they are perpetuating. Arsene Wenger deserves better than Arsenal FC at the moment, the way he is slated constantly to shield the board and the shit owner, to shield a pfc that is so petty and ass-backwards that a 30% owner is not even ON THE BOARD (ffs, that tells you everything you need to know about the office) is a disgrace. Wenger has kept this midtable group at the top table for too long, and if he is to win the CL before he retires, he will have to go to PSG, Madrid, Barca, all of which (well, maybe not the last one) would jump at the chance to have him.

  11. Vote -1 Vote +11NilToTheArsenal

    There are titles and there is making progress (gelling as a team, playing well even if dropping points, etc.). We the need the latter to pursue the former and after 10 games, about a quarter of the season done, there seems to be little progress.

    AGAIN we have injury woes, AGAIN we are near the middle of the table, and AGAIN we have failed to produce against the top teams, having failed to earn any points against Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd.

    Looking back at the month of October, who thinks we have a real chance against Shalke 04 at home?

    I’m not looking for gods, just men with the tenacity and drive to play to their ability for their/my club, which just happens to be one of the most storied in all the world.

  12. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1bigboned

    hah.. keep the faith..

    this is the exact attitude that turned Arsenal into mediocre feeder club. this is why Arsenal is not performing because noone in the club is accountable for their actions. your manager is the best paid in the league despite delivering the minimum expected from him. your fringe players are best paid in the league because your wage structure is fundamentally wrong. you CEO is best paid in the league, who knows why.

    maybe you should put some faith into Arsenal as a club to survive after overrated frenchman is gone.

  13. +12 Vote -1 Vote +1JV Mauer

    Fuck reality; I’ll be looking for the Quad. until some point in April or May when the mathematics makes it impossible. Then I’ll start looking around for reasons why the teams above us (if any) should be docked points.

    1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +11NilToTheArsenal

      Well said, JV. THAT’S THE SPIRIT the boys who actually play for the club need to imbue and have in their DNA.

    2. Vote -1 Vote +1Cliffy

      My issue is I dont see how this is different from reality…!!
      I am expecting the team to win two trophies this year…

      Carling Cup, if we dont fuck up the final against Norwich..
      PL because..there is no final to fuck up..and then I think we have enough quality to beat the other teams…Dont tell me ManU this season looks any better than Arsenal…in terms of squad…

      The first team rythm is something we just need to get right..

      ohh facup…that we might fuckup for the tough fixtures…and so could CL…this team is succeptible to putting up bad performances in one off games…

  14. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1sean

    Theres a lot of rubbish being spouted on here.

    Giroud, Podolski, Arteta, Cazorla- clueless children because of Wengers coaching?

    Has it not occurred to people that Man utd did a job on us and bascially nullified our attacking threat. Credit to Utd. Its not always about how Wenger did this or Wenger did that, we are playing in a tough league and people around us are spending more than we are and have been for years. Take Chelsea, City and Utd out of the frame and ask yourself what would have Arsenal won in the past 7 years or what would they win moving forward without those 3 teams? Reality check. Wengers doing a great job with finite resources. yes he is as stubborn as a mule and will not spend more than he wants to but overall he has done a great job for us and continues to do so. This team has some room to grow and it will get stronger. Its just not the same landscape as it was 10-15 years ago and winning the league (without the other big 3) each year is a remarkable achievement in itself. Please put your dummies back in.

    1. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1Eurazian

      Sean, if you’ve been watching for the last few years, you might have noticed that Man Utd do a job on us virtually every time, and nullify our attacking threat virtually every time. And we respond in the same manner virtually every time.

      I don’t mind losing if we give it our best shot. But what I saw on the weekend was a team of good players who play as if they are completely bereft of ideas, who seem to think there is only one way to play football, and thus have no idea what to do when that doesn’t work.

    2. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Tee Song

      Fine, take the two Manchesters and Chelski out of the equation. We’d have probably won the League once or twice or four times in the past seven years. But, we also would have had the highest or perhaps second highest payroll in that same timeframe. Ergo, we would have been expected to win based on having the highest player wages. I think it’s a bit rubbish to imply that our finite resources mean that we have nothing. We have resources that sixteen other BPL teams would absolutely love to have.

      Despite that, Arsenal were comprehensively beaten by United. And we were beaten in large part due to an unwillingness to to change tactics despite the fact that those tactics have resulted in losses before. I’m perfectly willing to put my dummy back in my mouth only if your willing to acknowledge that the team underperformed relative to the talent we had at our disposal.

  15. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Greg

    We have started to rebuild and we were trying to all along: it’s just while we are busy finishing the roof on one side of the building, Man City or Barcelona are nicking our foundations on the other side. Arsenal have been a half-finished project for the last 5 years: there was never a moment when the rain wasn’t coming in through a hole somewhere. As soon as a player matured into their position, there was someone waiting to give them a bigger contract somewhere else. And given the contrasting financial situations of Arsenal and the other big clubs, there was nothing to be done about it.

    Theo aside, our squad looks stable right now, for the next couple of seasons at least, in that I don’t see anyone leaving who Wenger would want to keep (though I worry a little about Sagna to Man City / PSG). This is the first bit of good news, although it may just mean that no Arsenal player is good enough to interest the rich clubs any more.

    The second bit of good news is that we got Cazorla, proving that there are still deals out there to be done that can add quality to the side.

    Personally my faith is OK. I was one of those with big hopes at the start of the season, but I feel more of a realist right now than an apostate. I expected to lose at Man U, I think we’re deep into a slump, but weirdly, I think we might beat Schalke. Spurs will be the big game: a win will send us onwards and upwards, a loss could do big damage to our confidence.

  16. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Jop

    Tim. In your article: “Dominant Arsenal beat QPR despite impressions to the contrary”, you mentioned: “For sports fans, last impressions are lasting impressions”

    In psychology and marketing we call this the Peak-end rule. People seem to perceive an average of how an experience was at its peak (in terms of either pleasantness or unpleasantness) and how it ended. Not the sum of the experience or any other individual moment of it. It’s not that people forget the rest, simply that they don’t use those memories in recall.

    Enjoy this useless snippet!

  17. Vote -1 Vote +1Highbury Diva

    Tim, I really like your articles and agree with much of what you say, but this one smacks of blind faith. Please put your reality specs on and throw away the rose-tinted ones.

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