It is said as a way to suggest ignorance or lack of education, “read a book” or “get a lesson in history” etc.. I may be mistaken, but it seems to often that history is taught or instructed, rather than actually discussed openly, honestly and unfiltered. Why is that I ask? Am I correct in my observation that history is more or less used as propaganda, rather than actual critical thinking? To suggest that President John F. Kennedy was a horrible president, or that Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t abide by his own lectures. What would happen if a high school student were to say that President Obama destroyed America? We all have our bias, yet is critical thinking even practiced let alone exercised in public or in the classroom, to an extent that no idea is off limits?
What is true and what is not true, what was once believed that has been disproven as of late? What is the other side of slavery? What is the other side of the suffragettes and their plight? What questions are allowed and which ones will get someone barred from speaking? We hold certain people in a favorable light, whereas others are disparaged, without ever truly looking at history from all sides. What is the benefit of deciding a victor when discussing history and historical figures?
The “based on true events” entertainment industry has rewritten history to the masses, just as the dime novels of gunslingers in the old west. Was the westward expansion a genocide to the natives that inhabited America? What’s the other side of the story when it comes to the Native Americans versus the Americans?
They say that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it, yet the constant parallels of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s is always referred to today with all of the movements afoot. Is this observation true, or is it used to motivate those movements to climb and attempt more and more radicalization? All in the hopes of achieving stardom and recognition? Or are the parallels accurate? Is the history that we are taught mere propaganda? If not, why is questioning the narrative never encouraged or even tolerated? What’s the perspective of the slave owner, or the Nazi? Are these people simply evil or is there more to their aspect and the overall actual story?
Living in America we often forget that people living in communist controlled countries must be part of the communist party to survive. If they are not part of the party, they are declared enemies of the state. It’s easy to sit back and preach independence, it’s another story actually fight for it and deal with the sacrifices that are made. Children and families are used to force compliance and servitude in these states. Defect from North Korea and your entire family that remains, will be detained, tortured, raped and sent to work camps for the rest of their lives, that’s one hell of a motivator to remain in peril.
What is the overachieving benefit to garner support and ultimately win, regardless of the ultimate cost of the present and the future? Regardless of the history that is taught we still bicker and debate one another on not only the accuracy of history, but the outcome and the meaning of yesterday and of today.
The less we actually know of history, the father we move from the truth. What is the truth and what is not? Those who claim to seek the truth often disregard facts that may cause them to admit they are wrong? If we cannot discuss history, what makes us think that we can actually and honestly attempt truth? Moreover, we all individually have our own past. Our own individual pasts, there might be things that we all have done that we remain quite about, since our reputation is on the line. I am guilty of this, without question. However I can still remain critical and I have more questions. Our personal history should not keep us from remaining critical or asking questions, just remember we all are human. How honest are we with each other and how honest are we with our heroes?
I’m simply asking questions, not making assumptions or attempting to cause a ruckus. I don’t care who the winner is, I just want to know and understand the actual factual truth of the matter. The narrative has no place in history.
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