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Thread #144266   Message #3336207
Posted By: stallion
10-Apr-12 - 08:09 AM
Thread Name: When does living history end?
Subject: RE: When does living history end?
We have the V & A in London, The Castle Museum in York, the latter shocked me when some of the exhibits looked like the interiors I grew up in and yes there were more than one, i swear my wife still has some of the dresses on display there in her wardrobe, including a Mary Quant paper dress! As touched on before history of a society, is observations of a living organism and is evolving all the time, and one can observe the continuities and the changes and so the boundary of Living history is ever shifting i.e. from the horses mouth increases with longevity and advances in media storage facilities. A memory from a brain comes with all sorts of spin on it, like the directors cut in a film or TV programme and who is to judge it's legitimacy truly objectively? All views on history or past events are subjective of the here and now. Hegel said "What Man learns from History is that Man learns nothing from History". What I say is quite opposite "What Man has learned from History is that men and women can be downtrodden and subjected and bullied into submission by the materially and physically powerful and that it is better to be on the winning side than the losing side, and, the only way to have more is to ensure that others make do with a lot less. So The many regime changes in the UK, Brits, Romans, Angles & Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Tudors, Stuarts, House of Orange, Et Al all had their pograms but were paled into insignificance by Stalin Hitler Kosovo Sierra Leone Libya Syria, Rwanda South Africa, USA..........got sick of making a list. What I am trying to say is that what Man has learned from history is that MIGHT IS RIGHT that is why North Korea and Iran want missiles and A bombs the twisted logic is that it is a form of Freedom from the countries with big sticks. I believe that the vast majority of people in the world are good and require a quiet if not prosperous life for themselves and their progeny, can't remember who said it but someone said "All that is required for tyranny to succeed is for good men (or women) to do nothing" I would add to that or let the Bullies smear the organisations like socialism and unions to remove the brakes of unbridled exploitation and subjacation.