when will we learn?
I think the first time I got a clear view of the lunacy of man, wrapped up in the ideal of some glorious grand adventure was when I visited Gettysburg as a small child. I knew there was a reason for the war, yet, I also could not comprehend the sheer insanity of the war on American soil.
about 10 years ago a priest gave me an interesting book to read about an ancient pilgrimage from Istanbul to Jerusalem that passed through Syria. he said, “what is amazing about that country is that they didn’t destroy the history or the ruins.” of course, he said that before the war that is transpiring there.
in the later, the world is in an uproar for someone destroying history and antiquities. now the former has people in an uproar that want to destroy the memory of history in our country.
do I think slavery is right? no, I can’t imagine how crappy it must be to live a life where one person owns another. but I also can’t imagine living in a place where we eradicate our history based on how we feel emotionally at the moment. what I am seeing is our society full of idealistic people being polarized more and more to come to a place where social grace and decorum doesn’t seem to exist very much. instead you have the polarized sides all staring at each other and pointing the finger and telling the other side why their perspective is wrong, without realizing why their own perspective isn’t 100% right.
anyone else getting tired of it?
so, with respect to the emotional reaction to the various countries desires to sanitize and take away all items, ideas, and traces of anything that could offend anyone…what do you want to live in? your perfect space that is more like a photo shopped or projected reality, than an actual reality with all the messy bits that we all possess as humans?
your history is what really happened. I don’t think you tear it down, or as in the middle east – blow it to smithereens because it doesn’t mix with what you think might be right today. that is the wisdom I just assumed people would think about…. trying to grow each day and look at how to improve oneself versus becoming the critic of what is imperfect in everything but yourself.
I fear what we are moving toward is a world with less and less reality and everyone projecting an image that is a portion of self – only the pretty and good. what good is that when over time everyone will see behind the curtains of make up? what good is it to just obliterate statues, monuments and the reality of what was our past history as a reminder to not repeat the same mistakes again?
there is nothing wrong with wisdom. usually it comes at a very high price, whereas repeating the same mistake over and over – costs even more.
one of my favorite speeches was Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. when you walk about the grounds, there is a somewhat eerie feeling of the reality of the events from the past. in some parts of the battlefield they say the soil was a river of red from the human casualties. the events really happened, on American soil – with Americans fighting their own brothers. today it seems like people want to wash that all away. I thought it was insanity when isis blew up ancient temples in Syria and the Buddha’s in Afghanistan…here we are inside the usa deeming our history too offensive for the reality of today. what is the reason for that?
"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." -abraham lincoln. november 19, 1863