“The inertia of habituation is at work.”
Greg Urban uses that short sentence to explain how Casper Weinberger acquired his tendency to use the first person plural we primarily to describe US citizens.
I think the notion of culture as objects moving through space (with inertia, acceleration, and deceleration) is a great way to explain the importance of cultural studies and education in general. Education in its best form accelerates and re-combines culture; it also shows learners how to do the same.
Having explained this concept to my students, I can imagine using the notion of the inertia of habituation to address concepts we know by habit.
I can tell I’m going to like this book a lot. Thanks Jeff!