Once upon a distant time we met Homer's Odysseus, who was frequently nagged by the childish behavior of his pesky sailors. Somewhere along the shores of northern Africa, Odysseus and his sailors had strayed away into the mythical land of the lotus flower. As soon as his sailors began to eat the lotus plant, they sank into forgetfulness, and immediately for-got their history and their homeland. It was with great pain that Odysseus succeeded in extracting them from artificial par-adises. What can be worse for a nation than to erase its past and lose its collective memory?