The amount of rage erupting around the country is startling – all of that anger and hate have to be directed SOMEWHERE, right?
It is heat in the body – this uncomfortable and unsettling heat that is burning in so many people’s hearts. Part from a sick body, part from problems in the mind, part from detachment of meaning/spirits/God/Universe – whatever – a detachment from the greater, the infinite, peace, the Divine. Part from righteous anger and indignation, I know because I feel this too.
So concerning to me are the removal of historic statues. With people standing and screaming like it is some type of great victory to ‘throw out’ this physical structure. First, this does nothing other than make you feel good for destroying something (been there). Second – erasing the bad history that you don’t like is probably the worst thing you can do for your cause. Because without history, we don’t have a roadmap for where we have already been. We don’t have a beat on what already happened. When you ‘erase’ history, you merely lose sight, you don’t do ANYTHING to create a positive change for the future.
It is dangerous to forget and remove history. History teaches us about what we have done as people – good and BAD – and this is how we learn about what was tried and what failed, and that is so important to creating a better world. Even if you don’t like something that happened – that doesn’t mean you just get to “erase it” – it HAPPENED. OWN IT. CHANGE IT. REMEMBER IT. DON’T JUST PRETEND LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED!
Forgetting where you came from, even if it sucks, is a bad idea in any circumstance, but especially in economic and political history – as these are the areas that rule your life.
Banning the Confederate flag, desecrating and destroying Confederate monuments – makes you feel good, right? Well, what happens in 40 years when a young person sees this flag and asks what it is and there is no information on it anymore? No lesson about what it stood for – no remembrance of what it meant to people? If we KNOW about history, we are able to explain it and work from it. If we DO NOT KNOW HISTORY we are more likely to repeat the mistakes of our past and not create as vibrantly because we repeat ourselves.
I mean, we think we are pretty f-ing smart, but to be honest, I think we are actually devolving. Not long ago people believed in their immune systems, ate nutrient-dense foods, and didn’t even know what a vaccine was. Now we are all sick from the very food we put in our bodies, we look for drugs to mask our pain, and certain people in high places plan for us to take an untested vaccine (HOW CAN YOU REALLY KNOW A VACCINE IS SAFE UNLESS YOU STUDY EFFECTS FOR SEVERAL YEARS?!?!?!) for a virus that evolves and changes and that we don’t even really understand yet.