History A Lá Carte
Picking and choosing which “past”
is worthy keeping around
What or who is next?
Let’s delve into the growing trend of tailoring history to suit individual sensibilities in what I am calling:
History A Lá Carte
There are important milestones in the academic discipline we call history.
- Modern History
Pre-history happens to academia’s best guess as to what happened before written/recorded language like:
- 3 million B.C., when an upright-walking ape-man appears on the Earth
- Or the invention of the wheel (to whoever’s family is owed an incredible royalty)
- We can’t include fire because lightning probably made the 1st fire and God made lightning
Antiquity is the period around 3400 B.C. when that civilization called the Egyptians got going and was clever enough to record history using hieroglyphics, which normal people cannot read b/c it is a conglomeration of stick-men and lions. That and the rest of antiquity requires too-smart people to reassemble properly and we don’t question them.
Modern History revs up somewhere after the dark ages (our thanks to Wikipedia for providing the details). It has been labeled as a time of intellectual darkness between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance.
Perhaps we should add the category Revisionist History.
Are we currently entering a time of “intellectual darkness”?
This author believes so. If all the statues and tributes to people and events in history are removed from sight, can the recorded evidence of those people & events be stricken as well?
However misguided or heinous some periods of history may be, they did happen and should be remembered, lest we repeat the mistakes of the past.
Statues of Robert E. Lee or Jefferson Davis are meant to be memorials, not edifices of glorification. These men were an integral part of a young nation. Yes the “cause” of slavery was a weak foundation which to champion, but only 100 years in to the country of the United States of America, nearly half of the country legally seceded. The CIVIL WAR settled that dispute after a huge price paid by loss of life. Look it up – it happened and the “South” lost. Destroying visual reminders does not change the facts.
Will the movie Amistad be banned because that ship brought slaves to America in the first place?
We have entered a time of toxic political correctness, where anyone who is offended by anything has the power to overpower history. The needs of the few are outweighing those of the many.
And even tough our nation was founded on the Word of God, for the express purpose of religious freedom, the questions need to be raised:
- Are Jesus and tributes to Him to be eradicated because some of us are offended?
- Will atheists overrule common sense, just because they can?
Unfortunately, those who either don’t believe Jesus to be who He said he was OR do believe he and The Bible is a figment of 1st Century imagination.
History a lá Carte has arrived.
And do not be surprised when the next “offensive” part of history is covered by the “tarpaulin of sensitivity”.
Our God has the power to strike down a vial nation. He has done it before.
The preceding article are the express opinions of Gwendolyn K. Hoff. This is solely her work. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.