The importance of history – all of it – from one of the best in the business.
There’s been a lot of discussion recently about removing statues and destroying parts of our history because it’s contentious. The sad fact is that most of our history is contentious, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taught. In fact, it’s all the more reason why it should be taught. Our history is the path we have taken to get where we are today, and it’s essential we recognise and learn from the mistakes our ancestors made for fear we repeat them.
Always, the driving force of ‘progress’ has been power, profit, exploitation, greed, and in some cases insanity. Always, the common person, the worker, the soldier, the devout, the slave, and the poor have been the ones to suffer, mainly because of their life conditioning, their lack of education, and the apathy that engenders. ‘While there are people willing to be oppressed, there will be people to oppress them.’
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