We deserve a re-write, but we need to be careful to preserve the lessons of the past.
At the moment the world is at a cross roads.
The events of the past few years have led into the chaos that is 2020. In the aftermath of the horrible events in the U.S in May, society seems to be at a tipping point.
In the past it’s been governments who have re-written history. Whether we liked it or not as a society that’s what happened.
In 2020 and with the BLM movement building momentum across the globe. It seems like society itself is going to re-write history.
Its not the first time that’s happened of course. France and Russia became republics in the 18th and 20th centuries. Both are good examples of the power society has.
At this point re-writing some of our history and removing monuments etc., may feel like the right to do. If that’s what we as society want to do their is nothing wrong with that.
We do need to bear some things in mind.
We are at a generational crossroads that we haven’t seen since the 60’s. The values that young adults have today are not the same as those who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s.
What does remain the same is the aim to build a better world and change society for the better.
Not everyone is going to agree on the best way to deal with that. Remember as humans we are very uncomfortable with change.
This is an opportunity to come together as an equal society. The danger is that divisions will only push us all further apart.
The further we are from history the stronger the lessons are
As the world turns and the years pass we get further from the questionable events in history. Things such as slavery, colonialism and the holocaust for example. That objectivity lets us learn the lessons with different optics. Those lessons should also become stronger over time as an example to us all of how not to live.
We need to make sure that those lessons are being learned. Re-evaluated and passed onto the next generation. Otherwise things will not improve.
As a society we are far from perfect, we have so far to go in our journey. Learning the lessons and making sure we do not forget is key.
We need to learn to live together
As society we need to learn to live together. We are all humans at the end of the day. In 2020 it should not matter the color of our skin, our race or our religion.
We are all the same.
The lessons of the past are not being learned. Until they are we will continue to see turbulence and inequality in the world.
As much as we are trying to move forward, we still have racial segregation in living memory. That’s hard to move beyond in a generation.
Until we accept each other as equals, and put all the privilege’s, racism and xenophobia aside. Nothing else that we do will solve the issues that we have in society.
We can re-write as much of history as we like, that’s our united right as citizens of the world.
The real danger is that we complete the re-write but don’t take the lessons forward.
In the end that’s only going to cause history to repeat itself. The world is at a real cross roads right now. The only way forward is equality and respect across the board.
We have a long road and a hard journey in front of us, but like anything we humans put our minds to. Its possible we just have to come together and believe.