Sunday, June 15, 2014

Changing history

Carrying weapons?
History from the ancient Greek hístōr meaning 'inquiry'. Interestingly in Middle English it meant 'Story' and this would seem to be the most accurate definition having due regard with respect to the many different 'stories' that attempt to change historical events.

The Spanish philosopher George Santayana said  "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" and I believe this to be a very accurate statement.

However, it cannot be expected of anyone to remember an accurate past if events occurred outside of their lifetime and in many cases within it. The story however is another story and in many cases does not reflect a factual historical event, indeed the story rarely reflects a truth and may actually change from time to time at the discretion of the different story tellers.

Oh dear!
Perhaps George Santayana might have said  "Those who deviously distort the past pave the way to repeat it" and I would contend that this is exactly what has transpired and what is still happening to this day.

It is almost unbelievable that the distortion of history endorsed by our education authorities and fed to the masses does not raise more eyebrows among the older generation from whom years of experience should be able to determine what might be the most likely story given the identity of the story teller.
1969, yeah right!
The truth is unfortunately never available. Of course you may believe in a truth but that belief is, in itself, false.
If for no other reason than the well-being of future generations we should make some effort to re-write the history books, to expose the lies and deceit that we were brainwashed to accept and then to inform the younger people to question what they are being told.
This is a difficult proposition as it tends to isolate a student who has the capacity to think independently and this often results in intimidation from their peers. It requires some courage to sail outside the comfort zone and this would appear to be a futile effort given that the truth is never available. The alternative is to keep quiet even though the subject matter is contentious reasoning that at some future point in time a more accurate story might evolve and this usually happens when the initial story tellers are no longer alive.

It ought to be clearly understood that if we as a human race are to mature with a view to make decisions now then a more accurate depiction of history would be most beneficial to prevent the old cliche that history always repeats itself. This is especially relevant when the repetition has had consequences contrary to our general well-being.

The closer we are able to discover a truth the more free we become.

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