We are unlearning certain things, and we do well, providing that while unlearning one thing we are learning another. No vacuum in the human heart! Certain forms are torn down, and it is well they should be, but on condition that they are followed by reconstructions.

In the meantime let us study the things which are no more. It is necessary to understand them, were it only to avoid them. The counterfeits of the past take assumed names, and are fond of calling themselves the future.

Les Miserables