by Anniel 1/25/15
Not to know what happened before you were born, that is to be always a boy, to be always a child. -Cicero ● Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. -George Santayana
So here we are today, a population historically illiterate beyond belief, no true history being taught in the schools, and young people unaware of the dangers that beset our nation. How do we awake those who have been taught no history, nor how to think with any logic or common sense? They are grown-up children with no real thought at all, no feelings for others nor knowledge of the needs and desires of their fellow beings. Only those who are old enough and were paying attention can correct the liars.
Hannah Arendt famously coined the term “the banality of evil” and in our age many are so banal in their evil. But there are others who “think” and believe what they think is profound simply because they are the ones who think it, therefore it must be true. But, as someone else said, “If what you think about is BS, then what difference does it make?”
Are we to “repeat” history in our day? At a time when we are faced not only with a lack of historical context but have leaders and educators actively lying about and rewriting language and history, what are we, who lived that history, going to do? How on earth do we correct the lies around us?
I have wondered what some of these people who lie or rewrite our history do in the middle of the night when they awake, review their actions and have a crisis of conscience. I have finally concluded that they sleep the sleep of the just and never awake to question anything, especially not themselves. Thus we have IRS agents and other government bureaucrats who truly believe they have done nothing wrong, and see no inconsistency in hiding behind the Fifth. They continue their lies to advance their own agenda. They believe history is on their side.
One of my grandsons watched “The Great Escape” and concluded that he “knew all about World War II and the Wehrmacht.” Sorry, but not so. Later I gave him and his brothers the series “Victory at Sea”, to watch. There was an episode about the Americans going onto a Pacific island and encountering a fearsome and very bloody Japanese attack. I was stunned to hear the boys talking about how “stupid” the Americans were to go there when there were that many of the enemy. I made them pause the episode and asked how the Americans could possibly have known the Japanese were there?
“Well, they could have seen them.”
“They didn’t have any.”
“They should have flown planes over.”
“What makes you think they didn’t? How could they see camouflaged planes and people in the jungle? And planes flying overhead have a limited range and get shot down.”
I had to explain that the intelligence capabilities of the U.S. Troops were very limited. The boys finally conceded that they knew very little and returned to their viewing.
Later I heard a couple of the boys laugh about a dead body floating in the water. In black and white it didn’t look so bad to children raised viewing death and destruction on the big screen and seeing violent video games. Again I made them hit the pause button, and said, “That boy was a real person. He was somebody’s son, husband, or father. He could have been my friend’s older brother. I remember the sadness and pain when he was killed in the Pacific.”
That brought shock and silence. The shock and silence of those who are not taught the realities of history, who have not been taught the difference between reality and special effects. The difference between truth and fiction. And many of the scary “truths” they are taught today are in reality fiction, or at least open to debate, i.e., global warming, the destruction of the environment caused by man, the U.S. as the focus of evil in the world, the atomic bomb as a terrible, unnecessary thing, etc.
We have many who are liars about history and everything else, and are too smug and self-satisfied to suffer “the long, dark tea-time of the soul” which leads to adulthood. They will always be children and condemned to learn the hard way.
You and I have a very big job to do, teaching as many of our fellow-citizens as possible about what has in truth gone on, about the goodness of our country and its founding, how we have tried to correct our wrongs when possible. We need to name our heroes and their actions, while also reflecting on our wrongs and weaknesses and what more needs to be done if we have not overcome them.
We also need to name the new lies that seem to be added to our load on a daily basis.
It’s too bad the liars blind so many, and carry them along to destruction.
Gather your children and grandchildren about your knees, pray together to God, and then teach truth from your own stories. • (1239 views)