DESTROYING OUR HISTORY

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“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”   George Orwell

We can tear down our monuments; eliminate offensive art depicting wars of the past from public buildings; try to whitewash history to fit our agenda; but we will never completely remove the memory of it.

As the issue of taking down monuments and statues has surfaced, we’re faced with a new problem.  Are we going to delete our past so we can focus on the future, or are we going to keep the memory alive so that we can learn from it?  It’s easy to cover things up and expect them to disappear, but that isn’t reality.  Our memories are even more competent than the most sophisticated computers.

We cannot eliminate the memory.  It’s not as easy as deleting it from a computer or from the classroom. The human mind will not forget.  We are quick to forgive in order to make peace on certain issues, but slow to forget. The ugliness of our past will rear its ugly head and stir emotions again.

We shouldn’t forget!.  The fact that African Americans endured great suffering and enslavement will never die.  It was a horrible chapter in our history.  However, that chapter is over and slavery takes on new forms today.  Have we learned anything from the past?

Our involvement in Indian wars to obtain more and more land was a giant black mark on the humanity of America.  Are we responsible for that?  Did we learn from it?  Will we ever learn?

The Constitution of the United States of America, was written by wealthy slave owners  – by educated men with high ideals – by those seeking religious freedoms.  Do we blame them for their wealth, education and dreams of a better life, or do we learn that without their basic precepts, our country would’ve been a land of lawlessness and chaos?

I used to love watching the History Channel.  Unfortunately it has become now more of a reality channel with very little history.  Some teachers say that kids aren’t interested in history.  Perhaps it’s because they’ve not been given the opportunity to learn it.  When we expect little of our students, they usually produce little.  When we give them the world, the moon is achievable.

Slowly and insidiously our past is being wiped away – erased from our data banks and soon from our minds.  Will they also be taken from the memories that still exist?  I hope and pray not.

 

 

 

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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13 Responses to DESTROYING OUR HISTORY

  1. Lee Poskey says:

    Good mornin atimetoshare,
    I believe that all monuments that honor man should be destroyed. I say that from a Christian perspective. Knowing that all of the best people of fame are nothing but sinful like ourselves, and deserve no monuments.
    Only the Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of praise and honor.

    Lord bless you my friend. 😃

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Hi. My name is Kathy. I agree that people can be honored in other ways as well. The problem occurs when those statues are designed to worship the individual or to set them apart. I agree that Jesus is the only man worthy of our adoration. If we’re to destroy all art, statues, buildings and everything we think highly of, there would t be much left. I think your idea is admirable. I don’t think every monument was designed to be worshipped . Thanks for your comment.

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      • Lee Poskey says:

        Good mornin Kathy.
        I didn’t mean buildings and structures that serve a function. So I’m sorry if I miscommunicated what I was trying to say.
        And I don’t know of anyone who worships a monument or statue, it just seems wrong to me.
        That’s all I meant.

        Lord bless you 😃

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        I know what you mean.. what you say has more value than you think. It is wrong to place any human being above God. You don’t need to apologize.

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  2. I think if we totally forget our history good, bad, ugly…we are doomed to repeat it. I agree we should learn all of our history and use it to make things better, acknowledge the wrongs and strive to not repeat those.
    I guess I never looked at statues of people as worshiping that person or putting them above God. I always just looked at statues as a visual history lesson.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I agree. When you think about it, a portrait is just a likeness of someone. It doesn’t mean we’re going to worship that person. U believe they are reminders of where we came from and where we’re going.

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    • blinkandlife says:

      History has continuously repeated itself since the beginning of time and will continue to do so until the New Kingdom appears and the old is totally gone I believe. Natural human nature without a redeemed heart will always take advantage of others and focus on self. sad but true. So statues or no statues I don’t think will really erase or change anything. It’s just more chaos for the world to focus on.

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  3. . If we’re to ruin all artistry, statues, buildings and everything we remember highly of, there would t be much left.

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