Master your past in the present, or your past will master your future. -- Unknown
Sometimes I think that the state of our chess is in the decline it is in because we have been hammered so many times in the past and for so many many years by sending out our players untrained, unprepared and not properly supported that we have lost our self belief and confidence. So today we just go through the motions like zombies and send our players out in the same way. And so the past becomes the present. And the present creates our future.
So perhaps we do need to confront that past however unpalatable it may be so that we can do things differently in the present and have a different future.