But is such transcendence possible? We are, 
whether we acknowledge it or not, what the past has made us and we cannot eradicate from ourselves, even in America, those parts ot our selves which are formed by our relationship to each formative stage in our history. If this is so, then even heroic society is still inescapably a part
 of us all, and we are narrating a history that is peculiarly our own history when we recount its past in the formation of our moral culture. (Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue, p.107)